Tongue Piercing Care

Tongue piercings have become very popular in recent decades, though still considered as a taboo in some workplaces and conservative environments. A tongue piercing is acceptable for either gender, and it usually heals within four to six weeks. It is one of the fastest healing piercings. Swelling generally lasts for the first 10 – 14 days. During the healing time it's very important to follow your artist's after care advice in order to prevent any infections and risks.

This type of piercing, requires daily hygiene and proper aftercare treatment.

Tips for Tongue Piercing - In the First 2-3 weeks:

Cleaning your hands with warm water is very important before you touch the piercing, changing the jewel or clean the mouth.

Remove the tongue piercing from your mouth. Unscrew the ball from the end of the barbell jewelry and pull the barbell out of the piercing.

Fill a sink halfway with warm water. Ensure the sink is plugged so your tongue jewelry does not slip into the drain.

Squeeze one or two pumps of a mild antibacterial liquid hand-soap onto your fingers. Only use soap with no added perfumes or moisturizing properties.

Submerge the tongue jewelry into the water. Take it out of the water and rub it thoroughly with your soapy fingers. Wash the barbell and screw-on ball for around three minutes.

Remove the plug from the sink and allow the soapy water to drain. Plug the sink again and run the tongue jewelry under warm water. Rinse thoroughly to ensure no soap remains.

Clean your tongue piercing as instructed by your body piercing professional. Insert the jewelry back into your tongue and tightly screw the ball onto the barbell.

Eat only soft foods for the first 48 to 72 hours after having your tongue pierced. Cold foods like pudding and ice cream may be more soothing than hot foods.

Carry a cup of ice chips everywhere you go for the first three to four days. Allow the ice chips to melt in your mouth to help soothe any pain and reduce swelling.

Rinse your mouth with alcohol-free mouthwash after every time you eat or drink and before brushing your teeth. If the mouthwash stings your piercing, dilute it 50/50 with bottled water.

Eat only soft foods for the first 48 to 72 hours after having your tongue pierced. Cold foods like pudding and ice cream may be more soothing than hot foods.

What to Avoid:

You should avoid alcohol for at least the first two weeks. Because your tongue is already going to be swollen the inflammatory affects of alcohol can be dangerous.

Smoking is allowed, however the more you smoke the slower it will heal, so the more you can cut back the faster you’ll heal. and try to drink lots of water, especially after smoking.
It is also wise to avoid wet kissing and oral sex during the healing period. It is an open wound in your mouth.

Any untreated infection, anywhere on the body can cause serious damage and can even lead to major complications that can become fatal, if not properly treated. Always consult a doctor if you are concerned about a possible infection.


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