Tongue piercing comes in two main types: the midline tongue piercing, located in the centre of the tongue, and the side tongue piercing, located either to the right or left of the centre. The midline tongue piercing is by far the most popular, but depending on the location of the veins in the tongue, some people are unable to get their tongue pierced directly in the middle.The tongue may seem like it would be sensitive, but most report relatively low piercing pain. With an experienced piercer, you will feel a pinch, but they’ll conduct the procedure quickly, so it will be fast.
The real pain comes in the days immediately afterward. Your tongue is an essential aspect of your daily existence, so it’s nearly impossible to give it a day off. Since your healing tongue will move quite a bit, it will lead to more healing pain and swelling. The good news? Tongues heal crazy fast, so this portion of the healing process won’t last long.
What to avoid:
1. Hot and spicy food
Hot and/or spicy food can irritate your tongue, causing additional pain and discomfort. Moreover, because the jewellery in your mouth can conduct hot and cold temperatures, you may burn your tongue if the food you’re eating is too warm.
2.Food with a sticky texture
Avoid food like oatmeals or mashed potatoes during healing as these can be difficult to clear from your mouth. With that, you also run the risk of developing an infection. To further avoid this, cleanse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
3. Acidic food
Citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, grapefruit, pineapples, and tomatoes, as well as the juices of these fruits can possibly irritate your piercing while it’s still in its healing stages.
4. Food with crunchy or hard texture
Because they require more chewing, foods like cookies, popcorn, or toast can be uncomfortable for your pierced tongue and can increase the risk of infections from swelling.
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What to eat:
With you’ve a newly-pierced tongue, you may find it difficult to chew food because of swelling. That’s why it’s better to consume complete and balanced food in liquid consistencies. And what better example is there than a smoothie? They’re delicious and totally good for you.
If you want something savoury, then go for clear broths with bits of soft vegetables. Just make sure that they’ve been cooled down because burning your healing tongue is the last thing you want.
3. Other soft foods
What other alternatives are there? You can try yoghurt, which when eaten cold, can help to ease pain and offer your body nutrition. If you’re up for it, go and get some ice cream or even baby food as these do not require a lot of chewing. Just always remember that the less pressure that you put on your new tongue ring, the faster it will heal.
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