If you have walked down the street lately (well, if you live in a big city, anyway) then you are well aware of how popular tattoos and piercings are these days amongst the youth, and even some of the older generations. The reasons for this are many, and much of it is pop culture-oriented, but the trend seems to be going in the direction that one day, everyone will have a tattoo or piercing of some kind or another. One of the most popular types of piercings (outside of the ones in and around the ears) is the tongue piercing. There are many forms of tongue piercings- some scarier looking than others- and the trend seems to point in the direction of this becoming even more popular in the future than it is now. But, while the tongue piercing is one of the most popular types of piercings, it is also one of the most dangerous kinds of piercings. The risks involved with this type of piercing are numerous, and though their probably of occurrence is slim, they should still be taken into consideration. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.
How to people justify a tongue piercing?
This is not a very easy question to answer, because the reason one person will get a tongue piercing can be vastly different from the reason the person next to them got one. But, like many fashionable and trendy things in the modern world, a lot of it has to do with just being cool, trendy or hip in one circle or another. Some people tend to get their tongue pierced sometime after high school and before they have children, so usually between the ages of 18 and 30. Thus, many of the reasons also have to do with peer pressure, or the need to simply fit in or affiliate yourself with some kind of social group. Here are some of the simplest reasons:
- It’s is the cool thing to do
- A form of rebellion against society or disapproving parents
- It is the newest fashion trend
The dangers of having a pierced tongue
Tongue piercing may not be anymore dangerous than ear piercing. However it is important you are made aware of some of the dangers than can be associated with the procedure.
- Excessive bleeding, infection, swelling, scarring, and nerve damage are the most common problems experienced.
But other problems can occur:
- Cracked and/or chipped teeth: Because the piercing is in the tongue, the front teeth can become damaged and chipped from it.
- Gum recession and even gum surgery: The front lower gums are more likely to recede which weakens the teeth and eventually causes them to fall out. Surgery is necessary to correct the gum damage and to help prevent the weakened teeth from falling out.
- The wrong way: Tongue jewelry can be unscrewed and end up in your lungs.
- Death: Due to infection in the tongue or on the floor of the mouth, bacteria can get into your bloodstream and travel to your brain or heart- which can be deadly. But, this is very rare.
About the author: Hunter writes freelance on behalf of a bunch of sites and considers himself an expert on personal hygiene. He does not have a tongue piercing, but does have a degree in computer forensics.