Piercings have been done since the dawn of time. Primitive tribes used different types of piercings or hairstyles to show positions and status. The meanings are of lesser hierarchical values these days however, the popularity is not any less. The culture of piercings has morphed and evolved over the years with different variations emerging. One of these variations is the venom piercing.
Normal tongue piercings are commonly placed with one barbell towards the center of the tongue. Venom piercings, however, consist of two smaller sized piercings on the left and right of the tongue but closer to the tip. This positioning mimics the placement of the teeth of snakes through which venom is released when they deliver a bit, hence the name, Venom Piercing. Snake Bites piercing could be confused with Venom Piercing, however, they are attached under the lip and not in the tongue, find more information on Snake Bites piercings here.
Reduce Venom Piercing Risks: Preparation
Oral hygiene is the most important pre and post piercing consideration as you want to prevent infections and decrease the venom piercing risks. Below are a few things you should do:
- Avoid all milk and dairy products. These products contain a lot of bacteria and catalyses the existence of harmful bacteria in your mouth which can be there for hours.
- Brush your teeth at least 3 times daily for up to four days before the piercing.
- Use mouthwash each time you brush your teeth (this is not recommended after the piercing is done).
- Wash your mouth out with baking soda. Baking soda is used as a cure for halitosis as it kills bacteria that cause gingivitis and yeast infections in the mouth.
- Drink a lot of water. This is not only for hydration but to help to eliminate toxins that might affect your immune system.
All these things should be done consistently for up to five days before going to get your venom piercing to minimize all the risks.
Venom Piercing Procedure
Venom Piercing Cost & Sizes
The cost of the venom piercing will vary from salon to salon however and acceptable range is $30-$100 depending on the kind of ring you choose to use, location and notoriety of the salon you choose to the piercing.
When it comes to piercings, the bigger the number of the gauge the smaller the ring actually is. The gauge refers to the width of the stem of the ring. Rarely does anyone ever use a 10/12 gauge stem for piercings as these are massive. However, to facilitate healing the gauge will be bigger than what will be worn after on a permanent basic as the size of the hole will shrink while healing.
A 14 gauge ring is often used and these can be kept in or switch out for thinner 16 gauges after healing. The closer to the tip of the tongue the piercing is the smaller the gauge will be. With regards to length, there is no standard length however, taller rings will be used to again facilitate swelling while the piercing is heal and these can be switched out after 2-3 weeks for smaller rings.
12 Venom Piercing Jewelry Examples
Venom Piercing Tips
- Try not to eat anything solid for the first 24 hours. Remember your tongue or lip now have two foreign objects injected into it and it is swollen and easily irritated. Two much irritation can cause excess bleeding and more swelling. If this happens you will be very uncomfortable.
- Avoid consuming anything hot for the first two days. Drink room temperature water and cold juices which will help with the swelling and the coolness will soothe your tongue.
- Do not consume any dairy products. The bacteria and coagulation process of milk products can actually lead to infections.
- Do not use antiseptic mouth was that contains alcohol. This will irritate your piercing and slow healing process.
- The best mouthwash until your piercing gets better is a combination of baking soda solution followed by a sea salt rinse. The baking soda will kill harmful bacteria that promote infections and cause odors while the sea salt will help with healing.
- Try not to exchange saliva with anyone else for at least the first week, the saliva contains bacteria that can easily be swapped from person to person.
- Be careful how close to the tip of the tongue the piercing is placed. There is a nerve to the tip of your tongue which affects your hearing, if it is pinched the pain will be excruciating and it could affect your hearing. Have you ever bit your tongue and felt the pain in your inner ear? This is why.
These steps and procedures are to be followed whether or not your venom piercing is a tongue or lip venom piercing and do often account for almost every oral piercing.
Venom Piercing Healing Times
The healing times of each person can vary and the general health condition of a person has to be taken into consideration. A weakened immune system could mean the need for more healing time and an over active immune system could lead to your body rejecting the piercing. Constant allergies is a sign of an over active immune system.
Regular tongue piercings can take anywhere from 4- 8 weeks to heal to completion. With a venom piercing you are dealing with two piercings, however the healing time should not differ much as long as you practice good oral hygiene. After your first two weeks when you revisit your piercing to have a shorter piercing put in place, they will advise you of how far along in the healing process you are and if you will need more time than the 4- 8 weeks to heal.
Venom Piercing Aftercare
After you have received your venom piercing, it is very important to take good care of yourself to avoid any piercing infections. Remember out of all the places on your body, your mouth contains the most bacteria. Some are good and some are bad but do not depend on natural balance to protect you from infection. The following steps should be taken:
- Practice EXCELLENT oral hygiene.
- Switch to a new toothbrush with soft bristles. You can also by a baby practice tooth brush to help with the cleaning of your tongue.
- Rinse your mouth after every meal with soft mouth wash or diluted one, baking soda solution or warm sea salt rinse.
- For the first twenty-four hours and especially the morning after the piercing is done, ice should be your best friend.
- Gently ensure your barbells are tighten before every meal and before going to bed. The movement of the mouth can cause balls to become loose and if the ring slips out the piercing will be lost in a matter of minutes- holes made in the tongue or lip do not take long to close.
We generally recommend these two products that will have you covered in 99.99% of the cases if you follow the instructions properly.
Dr. Piercing’s Aftercare swabs are developed exclusively for the care and cleaning of piercings and help prevent infection. These swabs are conveniently packaged using advanced technology for easy, sanitary application. These piercing aftercare swabs are most commonly used 2/day for the first week and 1/day for the next 3 weeks. This completes the pack in 4 weeks and after this point, good routine hygiene with liquid soap (anti-bacterial if preferred) and water should continue the healing process.
This Piercing Aftercare Spray is enriched with over 60 trace elements and minerals from the richest coral reefs of the ocean along with natural antibacterial enzymes which kill bacteria & help protect healthy living cells. Natural Healing & Cleansing Solution H2Ocean safely removes dried discharge and lymph secretion when used every 2-3 hours.
H2Ocean increases circulation to the body or mouth piercing and accelerates the healing process. It will also help reduce lumps and scars. This formula remains sterile in the state of the art can. H2Ocean non-aerosol dry mist sprayer is ozone friendly and the can itself is recyclable. It is absolutely vital when taking care of a piercing to make sure that bacteria isn’t introduced to the affected area, and the only way to do this is by using a sterile formula like this one. In the case of an oral piercing we also recommend getting the aftercare mouthwash to protect your new piercing.
Venom piercings are awesome piercings to look at, to play with, to kiss with and to show off. Oral hygiene however, is of utmost importance. If you do not practice proper oral hygiene you run the risk of losing the piercing when infection sets in. Protect your mouth and take care of your new venom piercing, seek advice of safe piercings whenever necessary or reach out to us. Do you have a venom piercing yourself? Tell us in the comments how you experience was!