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Tongue Piercing & Oral Health

Posted Jan 9th, 2017

Body piercing has been used by many cultures and individuals in expressing themselves. And due to its popularity, piercing in the tongue or other parts of the mouth has been increasing among teenagers as a form of fashion or self-expression. However, before engaging in oral piercings, it is important to know the health-related risks involved. And if you are going through with the procedure, remember to have it done by professionals and learn how to take care of the pierced area.

What You Should Do

Before getting any oral piercing, ensure to set an appointment with a doctor to check if you have heart disease, skin disorders, diabetes or allergies.

Always remember that such piercings must be done by professionals and remember to have aftercare discussions with the piercer. Particularly, ask about how they process their sterilization. It is important not to do the piercing yourself or have your friend to do it.

Before the Session

The piercer will make sure that the piercing must not be close to tongue’s tip, do not touch the teeth or cause any speech impediment. Speech impediments usually happen if the tongue of the person is too short to have it correctly pierce or it’s been pierced closed to the tip.

During the Session

Below are the few steps during the actual piercing:

  • After the right position has been marked, the piercer will clamp the area and then pierce it.
  • After the needle has pierced through, it will be removed and the jewelry will be slid in thru the tube that's still on the tongue.
  • After which they will attach the ball and then are you’re done.
  • The piercer will then check everything using a mirror and make sure that everything is okay.

After the Session

  • Make sure that your tongue is away from your gums and teeth to lessen the damage.
  • If you feel any pain, you can ask the piercer for alternative jewelry that is less damaging to the gums and teeth, like bioplast instead of stainless steel.
  • Make sure to tighten the ball ends of the jewelry regularly with clean hands to prevent accidental digestion.
  • Make sure to maintain proper oral health by brushing your teeth two times a day and include the area around the piercing. And if you notice pain and damage to the gums or teeth, pay your oral health professional a visit.

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