One of the most popular piercings in the West, the tongue piercing has gone from strength to strength over the last decade. With a history that dates back to ritualistic practises used by the Myans and Aztecs, as well as being proof of trance-states to the Islamic Fakirs, the Sufis, and the spirit mediums of the ancient far east, the modern resurgence in the West came about via the famous 'Gauntlet' piercing studio - the U.S.A's first piercing studio located in California.
Tongue Piercing on Kristuzhe - profile
Variations in tongue piercingsAside from regular tongue piercings, pierced through the centre of the tongue, other variations have developed, such as 'Viper Bites' - two tongue piercings placed side by side, 'Angel Bites' - two piercings, on placed in front of the other, and upper or lower tongue frenulum piercings.
Tongue piercing jewellery usually, but not always, consists of barbells, and a variety of jewellery can be attached to the bead at the end of the barbell, although they can get damaged over time.
How is it pierced?The procedure for tongue piercing involves the spot being marked by the piercer, then the tongue is held in clamps before being stretched and pierced. As with any other piercing, there are risks, and the tongue is a ver sensitive organ, so make sure you pick a safe and experienced piercist and follow their aftercare advice. Bacterial infections are possible, and you really don't want to get one in your tongue, so follow the advice which will range from soaking the mouth in warm salty water to specific guidance on what to look for as signs of infection. Here's a link to a quite thorough aftercare guide, but always check with your piercist, and make sure you let them know if anything's worrying you.
Tongue Frenulum Piercings
Tongue frenulum piercings, also known as tongue web piercings or a 'Marley' are piercings of the connective stretching tissue between the tongue and bottom of the mouth. These piercings are relatively simple, and heal quickly, although they do have a tendency to reject over time. Whether you can have your tongue frenulum pierced depends on your anatomy, as not all people are suitable for this type of piercing.
Tongue frenulum piercing on InvaderXLydia - profile
Aftercare for tongue frenulum piercings can be more complicated than most other piercings, as the healing piercing will come into contact with anything that enters the mouth, including food and smoke (as with all tongue piercings) which can cause irritation but they generally heal a lot faster than other body piercings due to the area of the body, where some people have experienced healing times of anything from two to eight weeks. Many certified piercers suggest after care guidelines such as not to engage in oral sex, not to smoke, and regular rinsing after eating or drinking with a de-ionized saline fluid. Many professionals recommend rinsing with 50/50 mixture of mouthwash and distilled water or a pH balanced, non-alcoholic mouthwash such as Dentyl pH after eating, drinking, smoking; or rinsing on-the-hour. However, always ask your piercist about their aftercare advice.
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