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How-To-Care-For-Tongue-Web-Piercings

Tongue web piercings are a great alternative to traditional tongue piercings, or a nice addition to your existing piercing. They pass through the tongue frenulum: the tissue that connects the underside of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. The tongue web is a thin, stretchy piece of skin that varies in shape and size from person to person. If your tongue web is very small, you may not be able to get this piercing, but most people can. For the majority of people, this is a quick and relatively painless piercing. However while the tongue web is easy to pierce, care should be taken not to injure the saliva glands, which sit on either side of the web. For this reason, tongue web piercings should not be attempted at home and you should always go to an experienced professional piercer.

Tongue web piercings require the same care as traditional tongue piercings but heal faster – usually 4 to 6 weeks. Maintain good oral hygiene and rinse twice daily with mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. After meals you should rinse with mouthwash and check that no food is caught in the piercing. Avoid swimming, alcohol, smoking and sexual contact until your tongue web piercing has healed completely. This piercing should heal fairly easily, but consult your piercer immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms.


Will My Tongue Web Piercing Reject?

Tongue web piercings do have a tendency to reject, but the timeframe can vary greatly. How long your tongue piercing lasts depends not only on your personal anatomy but also on the placement of the piercing. The further forward your tongue web piercing, the sooner it will reject. This is not usually a permanent piercing, but some people do keep this piercing for a few years. The process is usually painless and has little lasting effect on your tongue web. You can slow down the rejection process by keeping your tongue web jewellery clean and choosing jewellery that does not catch on your teeth.


How To Care For Tongue Piercings

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.


how to care for tongue piercings

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

  1. Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash 4-5 times a day.
  2. Keep your mouth clean and brush your teeth after meals. This reduces the chance of food irritating your tongue piercing.
  3. Ibuprofen painkillers will reduce the swelling, as will cold drinks and ice cubes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Avoid touching your tongue piercing – if you have to touch it, wash your hands before.
  7. Avoid alcohol and smoking, as these can slow down the healing process.
  8. Avoid chewing gum and foods likely to stick to your jewellery.
  9. Avoid acidic, spicy and salty foods – they may sting!
  10. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Maintain good oral health. A clean and healthy mouth means a clean and healthy tongue piercing.
  5. 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.


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Silver Nose Stud Bonus Pack

Silver Nose Stud Bonus Pack

Silver Nose Stud Bonus Pack

Light up your look with our shimmering nose stud pack which includes five glittering studs which you will love coordinating with all your favourite daytime and evening outfits. These gorgeous blue, pink, green, purple and white studs will look amazing in your nose piercing.

Everyone will want this incredible bonus pack for Christmas and will enjoy teaming the coloured jewels with their shoes, bags and eye-catching makeup. They are made from shimmering silver which will feel comfortable and light on.

You will love these wonderful nose studs if you love changing your appearance. Everyone will be impressed with your dazzling new look and will absolutely love this inexpensive body jewellery set.

Tongue Bar & Threaded Dice Bonus Pack

Tongue Bar & Threaded Dice Bonus Pack

Tongue Bar & Threaded Dice Bonus Pack

Add a splash of eye-catching design and colour to your look this year with our incredible tongue bar and threaded dice bonus pack. This surgical steel tongue bar will feel really comfortable on and will definitely light up your look.

This pack also includes 7 Ultra Violet threaded dice which will look fabulous worn to parties, concerts and much more! You will love coordinating our pink, purple, blue, yellow, red, clear and black dice accessories with your glittering jewellery.

You will really stand out from the crowd wearing this unique and glamorous tongue bar to all your daytime and evening occasions.

Now that you have a brand new piercing it is important to keep it clean at all times so that it heals quickly without any problems. At bodyjewelleryshop.com we have a number of products which will help you look after your piercing; our fantastic saline solution will clean your piercings and stop nasty infections. Below I have listed my top tips for you to follow so you get a painless and comfortable piercing.

Ear/Cartilage Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than three times a day because it will dry out)
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Rotate piercing because if you don’t the skin will heal to the jewellery.
Clean ears after using products in shower or bath.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.
Make sure you wash and change your bedding regularly.

Tongue/Cheek/Lip/Labret Piercings:
Avoid hot, acidic spicy and salty foods.
To reduce swelling let some pieces of crushed ice melt on your tongue or drink a cold drink.
Rinse your mouth out 4-5 times a day with alcohol free mouthwash.
Avoid chewing gum, lots of caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and oral sexual contact.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.

Nose Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Don’t remove jewellery more than a day at a time after it has healed (When the piercing is healing don’t remove at all)
Use ice to reduce swelling.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.

Nipple Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than three times a day because it will dry out)
Clean piercing after using products in shower or bath.
Avoid tanning lotions, sun creams and other skin care products.
Use a tissue after washing to dry piercing because towels hold germs.

Navel Piercings:
Clean with a cotton swab soaked in saline solution at least twice a day (Don’t clean your piercing more than two times a day because it will dry out)
Use warm water to remove any crust that has formed.
Avoid swimming pools because of the bacteria and chlorine in water.
Blackline jewellery speeds up the healing process.
Contact your doctor at any sign of infection.
Painkillers like Ibuprofen will reduce the swelling.
Wear comfortable clothing e.g. Avoid wearing tight waist bands on your navel piercing.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.
Lavender and tea tree oil will speed up healing (Consult your piercing professional before you use them)

Genital Piercings:
Avoid creams and bodily fluids coming into contact with your piercing for first few weeks (It is advised to use condoms whilst healing)
Clean piercing once a day with salt or saline solution.
Take showers instead of baths in first few weeks because baths hold a lot of bacteria.
Avoid soaps as it will kill off your healthy bacteria which are healing your piercing.
Avoid touching your piercing, if you have to touch it then wash hands before.

Surgical Steel Ball Closure Ring

Surgical Steel Ball Closure Ring

Healing times:
Tongue piercings-3-4 weeks
Lip piercings-2-3 months
Ear lobe- 6-8 weeks
Cartilage- 4-12 months
Nipple- 3-6 months
Navel- 4-6 months
Nostril- 2-4 weeks
Nasal septum- 6-8 months
Eyebrow- 6-8 weeks

Signs of Inflammation:
You will recognise when your piercing is inflamed and at risk of infection by having redness, swelling, aching or heat symptoms. Contact your doctor if you find you have any of these signs or more.

Give your tongue piercing a trendy new look with one of our stylish tongue studs. As tongue piercings are becoming ever more popular a tongue stud is a great way to go, as they are easy and comfortable to wear. Choosing the best style to suit you is easy as we have a range of different finishes, colours and accessories to choose from. Although tongue piercings are generally hidden, they look amazing when posing for those cheeky poking your tongue out pictures that we all seem to have plenty of! Different materials allow for different finishes and we have a great range of metal and bioflex bars to suit.

Tongue Bars

A tongue bar is a great way to treat your piercing to a new look and you can choose from a variety of different style. For example flat tongue bars like the one in the picture below have flat discs at either end. They sit comfortably in your piercing and you will hardly know its there. Choose from different colours for a varied look. The smooth ends help protect your mouth and teeth from damage that other tongue jewellery may cause. Blackline barbells like the one in the central picture below have a smooth chic finish perfect for any tongue piercing. They come in a variety of lengths and gauges to give the best fit for your piercing. Blackline tongue bars are highly biocompatible which means they won’t irritate your piercing and they are what we recommend if you do have difficulty with other materials. They can be easily customized with accessories like the black threaded ball with pink stars in the picture below to the right.

Titanium Flat Tongue Bar

Titanium Flat Tongue Bar

Blackline Barbell

Blackline Barbell

Black Threaded Ball With Pink Stars

Black Threaded Ball With Pink Stars



Flexible Barbells

Flexible Barbell

Flexible Barbell

If you want your tongue pierced with out having to have a metallic piece of jewellery then flexible barbells are a great choice. They have a flexible nature that moves with your body making them ideal for sensitive piercings. These can also be used for hospital visits and to places where you need to remove metallic items. They come in a variety of bright colours and even glow under UV light for that extra eye catching detail. You can always customize a flexible barbell with threaded accessories of your choice. Kind to your piercing, easy and comfortable to wear and great value for money you really cant go wrong with a flexible barbell.


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 Star Tongue Piercing Bar

Jewelled Heart Tongue Piercing Bar

Jewelled Heart Tongue Piercing Bar

Jewelled Disc Tongue Piercing Bar

Jewelled Disc Tongue Piercing Bar




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If your school does not allow tongue piercings there are various different ways that you can hide your piercing. Tongue retainers are cheap and widely available, so you can stock up on a few or experiment with a few different types before finding the right tongue retainer for you.

The easiest thing about hiding your tongue piercing is its location – when your mouth is closed no one can even see it! If no one at school knows about your tongue piercing the best advice is to keep quiet about it and use a tongue retainer right from the beginning. That way, no one will have the chance to find you out. There are a few different types of tongue retainers and they all have their different advantages. In the end it often comes down to the way they feel. Your mouth is very sensitive and different people will find different tongue retainers comfortable to wear.

Acrylic Tongue Retainers

Acrylic Dome Tongue Retainers

Acrylic Dome Tongue Retainers

These acrylic dome tongue retainers are a great option for school or work. They consist of a straight bar with a half-dome on either end. They come in three colours and you can barely feel them in your mouth. I recommend the clear tongue retainer but some people can get away with either the pink or orange versions. Whether or not you find these tongue retainers comfortable varies from person to person. Some people find that the edges of the dome press into their tongue while other people find them really comfy.

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Tongue Piercings

Tongue Piercings

US researchers at the university of Buffalo New York have set a worldwide panic regarding tongue piercings, implying that they can cause damage to teeth, causing gaps in them from pushing metal studs against the teeth. However when you look at materials such as Bio Flex Tongue Jewellery, none of the raised issues are relevant.  Bio Flex is a transparent and discreet material with superb biocompatibility and it’s flexible which reduces stress caused by movements. As Bio Flex is metal-free so there are no risks from chipping the teeth accidentally and they are fantastic for healing sensitive body parts such as tongues. You can also cut Bio Flex body jewellery to size, enabling you to enjoy the most comfortable fit. In addition to this you can even safely wear Bio Flex Tongue Jewellery to hospital appointments, the dentist and whilst pregnant. So long as you are responsible with your piercings and make sure you follow the essential aftercare tips there is no reason why you can’t continue to enjoy tongue piercings.



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At BJS we are used to hearing alarmist claims about the danger of body piercings and today is no different – a study from the University at Buffalo claims that tongue bars damage teeth. They have released a report based on a single patient, resulting in many high profile news websites plastering their front pages with unsubstantiated claims that tongue piercings lead to tooth damage, brain abscesses and expensive dental work.

Unfortunately for said news websites the University at Buffalo study is not representative of the majority experience (hands up everyone with tongue piercings and healthy teeth!), responsible piercing aftercare or modern tongue studs. Basically the report concerns a 26 year old woman who has developed a gap in her teeth due to playing with her metal barbell for 7 years.


University at Buffalo Claims Tongue Bars Damage Your Teeth

My main objection to this story is that it is the experience of one person and that some basic piercing advice could have prevented her problems – if she did not have access to such advice or a good piercer, then that is another issue. The story offers no statistics on the supposed link between tongue piercing and tooth damage, so all we have is one individual who had a bad experience.

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