Popular but still shocking, tongue piercings are surprisingly easy to heal and take care of. Tongue piercings do carry an increased risk of infection due the high levels of bacteria in the mouth, but with proper care they are a relatively safe body piercing to get. It is also important for the piercing to be placed correctly: there are a number of larger veins on the underside of the tongue and the piercing must not hit any of these veins – for obvious reasons! A good piercer will check the underside of your tongue and ensure that the piercing is correctly placed.
How To Care For New Tongue Piercings
Tongue piercings are usually performed with an extra long barbell to allow for swelling. Your tongue will return to normal size over the next couple of days. Usually you can return to your piercer one week after being pierced and have the long barbell replaced with a shorter one. You should not try to change the jewellery yourself until the piercing has healed completely, which usually takes at least one month.
While your tongue piercing is healing, you should rinse your mouth with a mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. I do not recommend using normal mouthwash, as it may be too harsh and impede healing. Your piercer will be able to recommend a suitable mouthwash. Rinse after brushing your teeth, eating and drinking anything other than water. Refrain from swimming, sexual contact, smoking, alcohol and eating spicy foods until the piercing is healed. You should also maintain good oral hygiene and try not to put anything else in your mouth, as this can introduce bacterial to the wound.
Your tongue piercing should feel progressively better as time passes and it heals. If it becomes or remains painful, consult your piercer. They will be able to check the piercing and make sure that it is healing well.
How To Care For Healed Tongue Piercings
Healed tongue piercings require very little care beyond basic oral hygiene. It is common for a little plaque to form on the bottom of tongue piercing bars – you should remove this regularly.
There is always a risk of tongue jewellery leading to tooth or gum erosion. This occurs when your jewellery rubs against your teeth or gums and erodes them over time. Most damage can be prevented by wearing correctly-sized tongue jewellery. The damage is irreversible and can be serious if left unchecked. I recommend checking your teeth and gums regularly for signs of erosion. If you see any changes to your teeth and gums, consult your piercer or dentist immediately.
Taking good care of your tongue piercing will help it to heal well and keep it healthy in the future. Tongue piercings actually heal very quickly, thanks to the tongue’s high blood supply. Most tongue piercings take 4 to 6 weeks to heal completely, but the initial swelling should go down after a week. On the whole, caring for your tongue piercing is very straightforward. The most important things to remember are to keep the piercing clean with mouthwash and too avoid irritating foods. Once your tongue piercing has healed, it requires very little care. As long as you wear correctly fitting jewellery and maintain good oral health, you will most likely forget all about it – your tongue piercing will just become a part of who you are!
How To Care For New Tongue Piercing
- Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash 4-5 times a day.
- Keep your mouth clean and brush your teeth after meals. This reduces the chance of food irritating your tongue piercing.
- Ibuprofen painkillers will reduce the swelling, as will cold drinks and ice cubes.
- Do not remove or change the jewellery until after the initial healing period. Most piercers will pierce the tongue with a long bar to allow room for swelling. Once the swelling has gone down (usually a week) they will change it for a shorter bar.
- If the bar feels too short or the balls start to sink into the surface of your tongue, consult your piercer immediately. You might need a longer bar.
- Avoid touching your tongue piercing – if you have to touch it, wash your hands before.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking, as these can slow down the healing process.
- Avoid chewing gum and foods likely to stick to your jewellery.
- Avoid acidic, spicy and salty foods – they may sting!
- Avoid oral sexual contact, swimming pools and sharing drinks. All of these will expose you to increased risk of infection.
How To Care For A Healed Tongue Piercing
- Do not leave your tongue jewellery out for extended periods. Tongue piercings can shrink in a surprisingly short time, so don’t leave your jewellery out for too long. If you want to hide your piercing at work or school, invest in a tongue piercing retainer.
- Ensure that your tongue piercing bar fits correctly. Your tongue bar should not pinch or dig into your tongue, even when you stick your tongue out. A too-short tongue bar can sink into the surface of your tongue and cause pain. If you think your bar is too short, replace it immediately.
- Check your jewellery regularly for plaque build-up. Plaque can build up on your tongue bar in the same way as your teeth. If you notice plaque any plaque, remove your jewellery and clean thoroughly.
- Maintain good oral health. A clean and healthy mouth means a clean and healthy tongue piercing.
- Keep an eye out for any changes. A healthy healed tongue piercing should not hurt, change colour or produce discharge. If you notice any worrying changes, consult a professional piercer immediately.
When it comes to cute but comfortable tongue jewellery, flat tongue piercing bars are a great option. This type of tongue piercing bar has a flat disc or other shape on top and a regular ball on the bottom. The flat top is often a disc but here at Body Jewellery Shop we also have tongue piercing bars with hearts, stars and other fun shapes on them. The flat top is very comfortable because it lies flat against the surface of your tongue, instead of sticking up like a ball does. This means that it barely touches the roof of your mouth and it takes up much less space in your mouth. Many people prefer this style of tongue bar and some people even find that it reduces their risk of chipping a tooth.
Jewelled Tongue Piercing Bars
These jewelled flat tongue piercings bars are for all you bling lovers out there. Their tops are studded with super sparkly jewels and they come in lots of different shapes and colours to suit your look. The jewels are sealed under a special layer that keeps them in place and ensures a smooth, comfortable feel. For me, that’s their biggest advantage – I have tried jewelled tongue bars before but the jewels are often scratchy on the roof of your mouth.
Jewelled Star Tongue Piercing Bar
Jewelled Heart Tongue Piercing Bar
Jewelled Disc Tongue Piercing Bar
When you are choosing jewellery for your tongue piercing, the most important thing is to find jewellery that is comfortable and good for your piercing. The tongue is very sensitive and any discomfort will become really annoying. Titanium tongue piercing jewellery is a great option because titanium is one of the most biocompatible materials that you can make jewellery out of. Titanium is very comfortable to wear and it will not irritate your piercing, so your tongue piercing can heal up fast and stay comfortable day to day. Here at Body Jewellery Shop we have a great choice of titanium tongue piercing jewellery including plain barbells, funky colours and jewellery that is specially designed for stretched tongue piercings.
Benefits of Titanium Tongue Piercing Jewellery