Tongue piercing can be very cool for the right person. Do you know what I mean? It just suits some people. I have seen some great nose piercings too, but it seems to have to match something about that person.
Although cool to many people, piercing your tongue has many drawbacks.
If you are considering piercing,
1. Know who is doing the piercing. They must wear gloves and use sterilized instruments. Hepatitis B can live on a piece of paper for 2 weeks.
2. Tighten it often. The tongue is a very strong muscle. Your barbell could come loose in your mouth. If you swallow it, big deal. You can look for it in a day or two, if you know what I mean. But if you inhale it, or aspirate it, (by accident, or when sleeping) it becomes very difficult and dangerous to retrieve it from your lungs.
3. Placement of the tongue piercing is crucial. If it is pierced too close to the tip, you risk constantly rubbing your gums. This causes the gums to recede and therefore the bone underneath it goes too. Not to mention that you risk breaking of teeth if it gets in the way. Hey, I bite my own tongue sometimes. I don't even have anything extra inside my mouth!
4. Go for plastic barbells. Metal ones will be forgotten, and finally one day,...you will break teeth with it.
The Upside of Piercing Your Tongue?
Once you get tired of it, the scar is barely noticeable!?
(But I would strongly recommend surfing the images on the web before you make your decision.)
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