Tongue piercing is the most popular oral piercing in the world and one of the most common body piercings in general. It is performed on the tongue, typically vertically in the front part of the tongue. Most tongue piercings are done centrally (in the middle), but other placements are also possible. The piercer has to be careful to determine the best placement for tongue piercing that will not cause any damages to the tongue itself, gums or teeth. Also, the placement of the tongue piercing has to be such that it doesn’t interfere with speech, eating or drinking. This is why it is important to choose an experienced piercer for the job. Typical jewelry for a tongue piercing is a straight barbell. However, some people prefer to use various types of rings, such as Captive Bead Rings or other ring types.
Tongue piercings may seem very painful and extreme but this is actually a relatively easy piercing. Most people claim that it is not as painful as it looks. However, you can expect some swelling and discomfort during the initial healing time. Since tongue piercing is an oral piercing it is crucial to perform adequate aftercare prescribed for oral piercings. It is very important to be responsible when it comes to aftercare because tongue piercings are prone to infections and other problems if you are not careful.