August 2, 2022
Piercings have been around for thousands of years and are a way for people to display their religious leanings, enhance physical aesthetics, test pain tolerance, or just follow a trend.
In a world of over 7.7 billion people, it’s easy to get drowned out. So, many indulge in various forms of body art to express their individuality. Piercings have been around for thousands of years and are a way for people to display their religious leanings, enhance physical aesthetics, test pain tolerance, or just follow a trend. While piercings can be a beautiful way of self-expression, they may be harmful in the long term.
Oral piercings include piercings done on the tongue, lips, cheeks, or uvula (the soft flap of tissue that hangs down at the back of the mouth), some of the most sensitive parts of our body. As a result, there are multiple complications you might have to deal with.
In spite of all the risks involved, if you still want to get oral piercings (or already have them), here are some tips that will help you ensure your health and safety.
Pick a salon that is clean, well-run, and has a license. Make sure that your piercer washes their hands with soap, wears fresh disposable gloves, and uses sterilized tools for every appointment.
Be up to date on these vaccines as they protect you from serious infections. Maybe, also ask your piercer if they have taken their Hepatitis B vaccine.
The safest non-toxic metals for a permanent piercing are surgical steel, pure gold, or titanium.
Once in a while, do check whether your piercing is tight enough so as to not result in swallowing or choking.
Consciously try not to put stress on the piercing by clicking it against the teeth and gums. Also, be gentle while eating. Avoid hard, chewy, and acidic food.
If you can, remove the jewelry while you are playing so as to minimize the impact in case you get hurt. Always use a mouthguard. First thing's first, piercings inside the mouth can be extra sensitive and tricky to care for, so make sure you're ready to commit.
After getting a piercing, you might experience short-term symptoms like pain, swelling, and excessive saliva. Thus, it is necessary to give your mouth organs enough time (about 4-12 weeks) to heal. During the healing period, use a gentle brush. Also, do not consume extra hot or cold beverages. Once healed, make sure to keep the jewelry clean and free of any food matter, bacteria, or plaque that may get collected on it. Use a warm saltwater rinse or a non-alcoholic mouthwash after every meal. You should visit a dentist twice a year anyway. But do not miss your appointment especially when you have an oral piercing.