Tongue jewelry is just regaining popularity, thanks to the younger generations. Maybe one of the reasons it went out of style for a while is that the jewelry in this placement is not always visible. The most common jewelry is a straight barbell, which can be made out of the following materials:
- Surgical steel
- 14K gold
When choosing your jewelry, make sure to select the right size. Firstly, select the length of the barbell and be aware of the size of the balls. If you start with a smaller ball, you might get irritated by a bigger-sized ball. Some pieces have funky designs, like the following:
What are tongue piercings for?
They mainly serve aesthetic purposes. There is a theory of tongue rings being a tool for sexual pleasure, but this is not a fact that can be generalized. For some, it does have a positive effect, and for many, it doesn’t make a difference.
How to clean a tongue ring?
Make sure to have a good oral hygiene regimen. There shouldn’t be many issues with an adequately healed piercing. The saliva is full of enzymes that help the healing and keep the inside of the mouth clean. In case you want to clean your tongue stud, you can do a saltwater rinse. Mix some salt with lukewarm water and gargle with it as part of your a.m. and p.m. oral regimen. You can also remove and sterilize your jewelry if you find it necessary. Most metal pieces can be boiled or soaked in saltwater.
How long is the healing period?
Tongue piercings are one of the fastest-healing ones. With proper aftercare, the healing time is between 3 and 4 weeks. Right after getting pierced, you will experience swelling for a few days. It would be best if you avoid smoking, alcohol, kissing, talking too much, and eating solid meals. Usually, a liquid diet is advised, containing yogurt and other pureed foods. To help the healing process, you can use a specialized solution to rinse your mouth with. This solution can also be used later on after your piercing is healed.
How much does it cost to get pierced?
The typical price for this piercing is between £30 and £100. The amount of money depends on the piercing studio you choose and also the design you want as your starter jewelry. The most important thing is to find a studio where you trust the piercers, and you are sure about their professionalism. Don’t go to a place just because it’s the cheapest. Choose wisely! The tongue is a vital organ, and you don’t want infections or other problems because you didn’t take your time when choosing the piercing place.