SMILEY GUM PIERCING: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
What are we talking about, when we talk about the gum frenulum piercing? Well, this type of oral piercing is inserted in the thinnest part of the tissue that connects the inside of the upper lip with the frenulum of the gum.
So, right off the bat, it’s very impressive just thinking about it, but gum piercing, or smiley piercing, became a trend, and now we are going to tell you why.
What do you need to know before getting a gum piercing?
It’s known as a smiley piercing because it can be seen only when the person who wears it smiles. As for the jewelry, we recommend a 16 or 18-gauge (no larger), because it’s a portion of tissue that can be cut.
And finally, it has a tendency to migration and reject because it’s a foreign body and because it’s in an area with a lot of movement.
Does the upper gum piercing hurt?
That depends a lot on the pain threshold of each person.
Undoubtedly, the moment it hurts is when the puncture is made in the area where the piercing is placed. Once it’s anesthetized, you can feel (but tolerably) the passage of the blade through the gum tissue.
As the days go by, you have to wait for the area where the piercing is in the mouth to deflate to stop bothering you.
Is the healing process fast?
Yes, the process is fast, but you must be careful after the placement.
There are some cases -very few, by the way-that suffered dental and gum fractures when the piercing went backward, leaving the root of the tooth exposed.
But as we said before, these are rare cases!
To prevent something from happening, it’s necessary to comply with all the healing tips and good oral hygiene.
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Types of jewelry you can wear
It’s advisable to avoid types of piercings that have nickel or are very heavy, but titanium is better because it’s biocompatible and lightweight.
Another material that goes very well with the smiley piercing is plastic, because they do not deteriorate the gum, accumulates fewer bacteria, doesn’t splinter the teeth, and can be changed after 2 to 3 weeks.
TIPS for gum piercing care
It’s recommended that piercings be done by trained professionals working with sterilized instruments to avoid infections.
The work site should also be neat and spotless to avoid further infection and hepatitis B virus.
After the piercing is done, it should be cleaned daily using an antiseptic mouthwash to help the skin heal. The oral health of the first days will help you to a better adaptation.
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Another recommendation isn’t to play with the newly placed piece to avoid possible cuts and tears. It’s also not advisable to smoke, has oral sex, or put objects in your mouth (pencils, eyeglasses temples, fingernails, mouth, etc.) because they may have bacteria that can infect the area.
Once healed, daily care should follow. It’s advisable to remove the piece before eating and sleeping or before playing sports, brush your teeth every day to avoid plaque build-up, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
Last but not least, going regularly to the dentist to check the soft area and teeth is also a good way to take care of your piercing.
Now it’s time to go for the smiley piercing and wear a different smile!