Tongue Piercings, Then and Now

by | Apr 27, 2015 | Jewelry

Traditionally, the ancient Mayans of Central America were thought to have engaged in the ritual of tongue piercing as a way of showcasing their virility and courage. In modern India, it is not uncommon for individuals to pierce their tongue to depict a vow of silence.

Depending on where you are in the world (and history), piercings symbolize different things to different people. In Western cultures, the act of tongue piercing is often seen as adventurous and can even be viewed as a little bit ‘naughty.’ Whether you’re looking to show off your virility, commit to a vow or you just want to have fun proper aftercare is paramount to ensuring successful healing and a piercing that you can be happy with.

Caring for your piercing

After visiting a properly trained piercing professional and getting your tongue pierced, you will be given an explicit set of instructions that be closely followed to ensure quick healing and the prevention of infection. Some of the things you will be asked to follow include,

  • Routinely rinsing your mouth with antiseptic, unflavored Listerine is often the preferred choice
  • Practice proper oral hygiene and regular tooth brushing
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages and cigarettes for the first 48-hours
  • Staying away from foods and beverages that are too hot, too hard or too spicy
  • Sustaining from giving oral sex or putting anything in your mouth that might have a large amount of bacteria

Selecting the right jewelry

Initially, it will be up to the piercer to decide what type of jewelry you will receive. More often than not, this will be a larger length tongue ring barbell to allow ample room for swelling and to facilitate proper healing.

Once the tongue piercing has successfully healed there will be countless options available to you. There is no shortage of available varieties of tongue rings. You can choose from any combination of color, metal, gemstone, decoration or even wording. It is important to remember, however, that tongue barbells should be appropriately sized or else the risk for dental damage is increased. This is especially so if you knock the jewelry and damage your teeth or gums or if the barbell is too long and cracks your teeth.

When selecting tongue jewelry consider the following,

  • What size do you require?
  • Are you allergic to any metals? is the Internet’s leading retailer of body jewelry and other modification products. Tongue ring barbells can be shipped internationally. Get in touch with them today to learn more about their products, or place your order online.

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