Tongue Piercing and Tongue Splitting
OverviewTongue-splitting is a type of body modification in which your tongue is split into two pieces, creating a "forked" appearance. Tongue-splitting can interfere with your speech, chewing or swallowing. That may seem like a mere inconvenience until you consider that tongue-splitting may also cause:
- Infection, pain and swelling
- Increased saliva flow
- Nerve damage
- Loss of taste
- Difficulty speaking
After a tongue-splitting, the tongue may swell. There have been reports of swelling serious enough to block the airway. And it’s very possible to puncture a nerve during tongue-splitting. If this happens, you may experience a numb tongue, which is a sign of nerve damage. The injured nerve may affect your sense of taste, or how you move your mouth. And damage to the tongue’s blood vessels can cause serious blood loss.
Tongue-splitting will be an added responsibility to your life, requiring constant attention and upkeep. Talk to your dentist for more information.