A celebrity-inspired trend is leading to a tongue piercing craze! People between the ages of 16 and 24 continue to grow and develop this fad to the point that now alone an estimated 50% of women are getting more than just their earlobes pierced! These celebrity role models include Pink, Mel B and Janet Jackson. But as you can imagine, the stats are only going to increase as body piercing services become more accessible to us young people! (But I’m not complaining as I personally like body piercings and invest in a few myself) So why are so many others against piercings? Well, why don’t you find out… ENJOY!
So why do people want tongue piercings?
Tongue piercings (along with many other forms of piercing) are mostly done for vanity reasons. Our personality determines what we like and want in life, and for some people that means looking and feeling different than others. Through body piercing – especially the tongue (because it is very dangerous) people show their uniqueness and their desire to be different and to be socially accepted.
On the other hand, however, there are some people who desire piercings to follow current trends. Not everyone gets piercings to be unique. When a celebrity sets a current trend, it filters that down to regular people like me, and we end up continuing that trend and then making it easier and more accessible for all people to get piercings.
There is also a desire to blend in with others as part of a social group and people with certain traits are noticed more therefore a conversation starter is created and a friendship bond begins to form.
The Not-So-Perfect Part of Piercing (Mouthful)
I don’t have a tongue piercing yet (my mom won’t let me!) but I really want one! All I think about all the time (which I have to admit scares me) is the PAIN! I’ve seen a few videos of people getting their tongues pierced and boy do they look sore! Tongue clips, needles and blood! What a perfect combination to make a person want to get their tongue pierced, hey?
Not only do you have to deal with the pain, but also the possible chance of fainting from the shock (like I did with my belly button piercing). It’s so embarrassing, and I could only imagine it worse, having your tongue hanging out of your mouth while you’re lying on the floor!
Last but not least, you have to deal with swelling and infection of the tongue. I mean come on could tongue piercing get any more repulsive?! A friend of mine recently had her tongue pierced and her tongue swelled to the size of a small apple! For quite a while she could only drink fluids prior to the swelling – not because she had any infections or anything, but simply because the size of her tongue meant she couldn’t put whole foods in her mouth! (I was weird at first until she couldn’t speak because it was too hard to move her tongue)
So you could imagine that you also have to deal with an infection! Well, I’m going to enlighten you now on the damage they can do to your poor tongues!
Would you risk the risk of infection?
There are a few certain dangers of having a piercing but especially if the tongue is pierced as the tongue is a very sensitive area to operate on so infection is to be expected! (Now for the other downside to infections – well, if they had a positive side) Although infections in the tongue after tongue piercings are relatively common, there are certain dangers that can have serious consequences if the infection is not treated properly and head-on Path!
The BDA (which means The British Dental Association) keeps warning about tongue piercings. They report that the risk of bacteria in tongue piercings is DRAMATICALLY increased. (That’s because the mouth naturally contains a lot of bacteria!) The most worrying part in my opinion is that any infection you get in your mouth or on your tongue can quickly spread to other parts of the body!
Most body piercing practitioners maintain very high standards and keep all equipment and stations completely spotless, however this does not eliminate the risk of infection. In extreme cases, a bacterial infection in the mouth can lead to fatal blood poisoning! (And nobody wants that!)
A tragic accident
A woman who had her tongue pierced to celebrate her birthday was found dead of blood poisoning just 48 hours later!
A woman wanted to get a tongue piercing for her 34th birthday. A friend of hers bought one and decided to do the same. Within 48 hours, she was found dead at her home with suspected blood poisoning and pneumonia after having the fashionable steel rod stuck through her tongue. What shocked the family the most was that they had had a number of different piercings before at the same piercing shop, so why was this one any different?
That’s due to the higher risk of bacterial infection associated with tongue piercings, but some people still don’t know how to properly clean their tongues after eating or drinking anything other than water.