Oct 4

Everything You Need to Know about Tongue Rings

by

Jade Greene

Piercings are an increasingly popular way for individuals to differentiate themselves from one another. As time has advanced, piercings have evolved from the traditional ear piercing to more extreme piercings, such as tongue rings or piercings.

Tongue piercings first became popular in the 1980s when the availability of high quality, surgical steel tongue rings and other types of body jewelry were readily available for the first time. “The Gauntlet” was the first professional piercing salon in the US and tongue rings were the first of many popular and extreme piercings to emerge from its owners. Jim Ward, found of the Gauntlet was known for promoting this piercing throughout his career.

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Unlike most popular jewelry, tongues are pierced with straight barbell jewelry rather than a traditional round or curved ring. However, the term tongue ring has, over time, become the slang term used by many to describe the piercing. As the popularity of tongue piercings has grown, so has the variety of tongue rings available for individuals with such piercings. Originally only metal balls, the decorative ends of tongue rings have evolved into everything from acrylic balls to soft plastic designs. Flat beads matching the natural color of the tongue and no show beads have become popular as individuals with tongue piercings enter the workplace. Those who wish to show off their piercing can choose from brightly colored beads, simple metal beads, glow in the dark beads the possibilities are endless.

Although tongue rings are stylish and popular, special care must be taken to ensure that they’re properly done to prevent oral health problems. The traditional and proper placement of a tongue ring is in the center of the tongue, near the center of the mouth. The tongue ring should be angled to slightly lean back from the teeth to make talking and eating easier. Damage to teeth and the enamel of teeth is minimal when the piercing has proper placement. Other than a slight impact on the way a person talks for the first few days, there is only a very slight chance of any teeth, gum or tissue damage due to a tongue ring.

Piercings are good, temporary way for an individual to express themselves in a world in which places more and more value on being an individual and not a follower. With proper care and research, a tongue piercing can be a way for an individual to accomplish this.

Jade Greene is a body piercing expert on

tongue rings

and other

body jewelry

.

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