Tongue Piercing Tips

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The following tongue piercing tips will help you care for a new piercing and determine if this body modification is the right choice for you.

While some people choose oral piercings for a desired pleasurable effect, others just like the way they look. It's true that tongue piercings can aide in sexual pleasure, but bear in mind that's not always the case. What works for some may not work for others, so don't ever get pierced with the intent of being any more skilled than you were before the procedure, in the bedroom.

Personal comfort wearing an oral piercing is also subject to change. Some people love the sensation of jewelry in their mouths whereas others simply can't get used to the taste, feel, or accidental bite on their metal despite their desire to wear the adornment. A proper fitting with ensure the best results.

Oral Piercing General Information

Before you opt for an oral piercing of any sort you'll need to determine if you are a candidate for the piercing procedure. If you have an oral history of inflamed gums or bad teeth, you'll need to clear any piercing with your dentist first as a safety measure.

Tongue Piercing Basic Facts

To avoid any speech impediments, proper placement is crucial.

Scar tissue is temporary and minimal. It will appear white at first and may even form a lump before it slowly minimizes in size and color.

Once oral jewelry is removed, a tongue piercing can heal and begin to close rather rapidly. It's never wise to keep your jewelry out for an extended period of time, so make the commitment.

A central piercing position is the most popular placement for a tongue piercing.

What to Expect

In a nutshell, a tongue piercing can take anywhere from four to eight weeks to heal and only seconds to insert. A barbell is the jewelry style you'll wear with this piercing and the gauge may vary anywhere from ten to fourteen. The length of the barbell with largely depend on the anatomical positioning of your tongue and will vary from person to person.

Despite popular myth, a tongue piercing is not usually prone to infection, rather the biggest risk from this form of body piercing is permanent damage caused to your teeth from chipping and biting down on the jewelry, of course by accident.

How Painful is a Tongue Piercing?

Although oral piercings may carry the stigma of being ultra-sensitive, a tongue piercing is a relatively simple and quick piercing procedure. The location of most piercings is towards the back of the tongue where there is less nerves other than those that primarily signal taste and temperatures.

Despite this, you should expect to feel some pressure during the procedure and you'll also experience minimal swelling after the piercing.

Until your tongue piercing is healed and you can begin to resume a normal diet, enjoy a menu of soups, ice cream, and smoothies, which will not irritate the newly pierced area.

Alternative Placement

In addition to a standard tongue piercing which is placed anywhere on the tongue, from the front of it all the way to the back, your piercer can also place jewelry to the left or the right side of the midline of your tongue.

These types of less-standard piercings are called alternative placements and they must really be performed under the diligent hand of a skilled piercer.

Your body and anatomy must be properly analyzed for a tongue piercing so never settle for a piercer who puts you in the standard "box". Demand individual evaluation and ask any questions you have prior to opting for an oral piercing.

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