Rare Tongue Piercings

tongueTongue piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. However, a classic tongue piercing is not the only possible placement. Typically, tongue piercings are performed transversally through the tongue, roughly at the center. This is a very effective placement and it’s not surprising it’s so popular. Still, it’s just one of the possible ways to pierce a tongue.

If you are interested in tongue piercings but you’re looking for something more unique and unusual, try some of the rare placements. These can be very effective & sure make for a more unique piercing.

Rare Placements

Here are some of the rarer tongue piercing placements. Some of them are considered separate piercing types since they vary significantly from the classic tongue piercing. The more unique tongue piercings include:

  • Horizontal Tongue Piercing
  • Tongue Rim Piercing
  • Tongue Web Piercing
  • Tongue Surface Piercing
  • Lingum Piercing
  • Scoop Piercing

A good thing about these piercing types is that they are unique enough to truly make a difference, but also popular enough to have piercers with experience doing those types of piercings.

Also, a special tongue body modification is tongue splitting. This is a more extreme modification and it’s not considered a piercing in the strict sense of the word. However, it’s a procedure some people prefer to conventional piercings. If you wish to have a tongue splitting it’s important to find a very experienced piercer specialized in this type of procedure. Keep in mind, it deviates from usual piercing procedure and it’s more extreme in nature.

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

This is a horizontal variant of a tongue piercing. It goes through the tongue tissue horizontally, from left to right. As such, it passes through more tissue than a conventional (vertical) tongue piercing, and it’s therefore considered a more extreme type of a piercing.

When performing this piercing, it’s vital to preserve the tongue’s functionality. Your tongue has to remain in a good shape to eat and talk, so it’s crucial to choose an appropriate spot to pierce. While it’s possible to pierce any part of the tongue horizontally, it’s important to choose the one that will not interfere with speech and other functions of the tongue.

It is vital to choose an experienced piercer. Your chosen piercer has to have knowledge and experience performing this type of piercing – you should not rely on someone who’s performed classic (vertical) tongue piercings only. A good piercer will know not only how to identify the best placement that will not interfere with normal tongue functions but will also know how to find the major blood vessels and adjust the placement based on them.

Keep in mind that this piercing is anatomy-dependent. Not everybody is well suited for horizontal tongue piercings.

Another thing to know is that this type of piercing is more painful to perform than standard tongue piercings, since the piercing goes through more tissue. The healing time is also longer – you can expect this piercing to heal in 5-6 months and more.

Typical jewelry for horizontal tongue piercing is a long straight barbell. The barbell can be made of any body-friendly material. For initial jewelry, flexible barbells are recommended since they don’t put so much pressure on the tissue.

Tongue Rim Piercing

This is a specific placement for a tongue piercing. Instead of piercing centrally, tongue rim piercings are located on the outer edge of the tongue. While it’s possible to get a single tongue rim piercing, the most common variation are pairs of tongue rim piercings, one on the each side of the tongue.

Typical jewelry for tongue rim piercings are rings. They look very effective when placed on the tongue. However, a proper care has to be taken since these piercings and their jewelry can cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Tongue Web Piercing

This rare piercing is done on the thin web under the tongue. It is an unusual but relatively simple piercing with a short healing time. It is not known to cause much trouble for the wearer. The only thing to pay attention to is aftercare: it’s important to clean your new piercing after each meal and at least in the morning and evening.

This piercing is typically problem-free, but there is one downside: it is rarely visible. One needs to open mouth in a specific way for this piercing to be visible. As such, it doesn’t offer much aesthetic value but there are still other reasons why you might want to have this unusual tongue piercing.

Tongue Surface Piercings

There are many different types of tongue surface piercings. What they have in common is that they are done on the surface of the tongue, meaning, the tongue tissue is not fully perforated.

There are numerous ways to perform these piercings – almost any point of the tongue can be pierced on the surface. Also, it’s possible to choose between top and bottom placements, which create completely different effects.

As with any other surface piercing, keep in mind that these piercings may be prone to migration and rejection. Proper placement, experienced piercer and body-friendly jewelry will help preserving these surface piercings for longer.

The most popular types of tongue surface piercings are Lingum and Scoop piercing.

  • Lingum piercing is a tongue surface piercing that goes through the lower part of the tongue.
  • Scoop piercing is a surface tongue piercing done horizontally on the tongue. This piercing differs from horizontal tongue piercing in that it doesn’t go through the full tongue tissue: it is located on the surface of the tongue.

Tongue Piercings Tips

tongueTongue piercings are very popular around the world. If you have a tongue piercing it’s important to know what to do and what not to do with your piercing to ensure safety and comfort.

Here are some important tips for your tongue piercing:

Before the Procedure

  • Choose a good piercer. This is the vital first step, because this is the only way to ensure safety. The good news is that tongue piercings are so popular, which means that there are many piercers who are experienced with this type of piercing. The downside is that there are also many people who “think” they know how to perform a tongue piercing even if they don’t. So, to ensure safety, it’s absolutely vital to choose a knowledgeable, reliable and experienced piercer.
  • Be informed. Before you get your tongue piercing, make sure to research this piercing and see if it’s right for you. Learn more about the procedure and aftercare. Think about this piercing and whether it suits your lifestyle or not. While it’s always possible to retire a piercing if needed, it’s better to be sure this piercing is truly what you want.
  • Prepare for the procedure. While there are no special preparatory measures needed, make sure to brush your teeth thoroughly, as well as your mouth. It’s also important to be healthy, so do not get pierced if you have a cold.


  • Listen carefully what your piercer has to say about aftercare. This is the only way to minimize the risk of infection and other problems. You need to know how to make your piercing heal.
  • Expect some swelling after the procedure is done. It should get better after a few days, but some swelling can persist for a week or more. However, if you notice pain or increased swelling, or if the swelling doesn’t go away, make sure to consult your doctor.
  • To reduce the swelling, drink cold drinks or use ice. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and spicy food. Also, it’s best to eat only soft food in the first days after the procedure.
  • Make sure to clean your piercing several times per day, as well as after every meal. Never skip cleaning after meal because this is where the risk of infection is the greatest. You need to sanitize your mouth after eating. Also, make sure to brush your teeth. It’s important to keep your mouth clean at all times.
  • After the swelling is gone, go to your piercer to get a shorter jewelry.
  • You should avoid kissing and oral sex for a while. Wait until the initial swelling is gone.

Healed Piercing

  • Just because your piercing is healed doesn’t mean you should stop taking care of it. Observe your piercing daily to notice any signs of potential infection, migration, rejection or other problems.
  • Always choose jewelry made of body-friendly, safe materials. Avoid cheap, poorly made jewelry. It is dangerous in more ways than one. Cheap jewelry is made of unsafe materials and it’s often poorly made so it breaks easily. It means you can swallow parts of the jewelry. To avoid these problems, stick to high-quality tongue jewelry.
  • If you notice a problem, such as infection, migration or rejection, make sure to contact your doctor. This is the only way to prevent even more problems.
  • Tongue piercings can close very fast, so you should never take your jewelry off for prolonged periods of time.
  • If you want to stretch your tongue piercing you can do it relatively easily once the swelling is gone.

Tongue Piercing

piercingTongue piercing is one of the most popular body piercings in the world, as well as one of the most popular body modifications in general.

It is a common piercing with both men and women.

Some sources indicate that it’s currently the fourth most popular piercing in the world.

Piercing and Placement

Tongue piercing is very old in origin. It has a history in Meso-America and East Asia. For example, it was popular with Maya and Aztec cultures, typically through religious and performance practices.

On the West, however, tongue piercing is a relatively new thing, gaining popularity only in the late 20th century, during the 1980s. This is where we observe a rise in popularity of all body modifications and tongue piercing became one of the most popular piercings. The popularity is largely thanks to the first professional body piercing studio in the US, Gauntlet.

The most common placement for a tongue piercing is one hole through the center of the tongue. This is what is considered a “standard” placement, though other variations are also possible.

Tongue piercings are usually done at 14g or 12g, depending on the piercer. Before getting your piercing done, consult your piercer to see which gauge works the best for you. Also, your piercer will help you decide on the most optimal placement.

There are many blood vessels in the tongue so it’s important to hire an experienced piercer to perform the procedure. A knowledgeable piercer will know how to identify the large blood vessels and find the safest place to pierce.

The piercing itself is performed with a piercing needle or a cannula needle after the tongue is clamped. Typically, the piercing is done from bottom to top. While this type of piercing may seem very painful, it’s actually one of the least painful body piercings in the world. Therefore, the discomfort during the procedure should not be significant. That being said, tongues are known to swell after the piercing is done, so you should expect that. However, if the swelling persists you need to contact your doctor.


The most common jewelry for tongue piercings are straight barbells. It is vital to choose the barbell that matches the piercing perfectly. Tongue is a sensitive body part so it’s important to ensure a perfect fit. Luckily, this is not difficult: all you need to know is the exact gauge you’re pierced with (or your current gauge, in the case of stretched piercings).

While you may sometimes hear people referring to tongue jewelry as “tongue rings”, rings are rarely used for this type of piercing. That being said, there is nothing preventing you to have a ring in your tongue piercing. There are some people who prefer rings over straight barbells, though they are recommended only for fully healed tongue piercings.

When choosing jewelry, it’s important to ensure perfect comfort. The tongue moves a lot so jewelry has to sit nicely and shouldn’t prevent any movement.

Additional Info and Tips

  • It’s interesting to note that tongue piercing was once considered unusual and even extreme, but this is no longer true. Since this is such a popular piercing there are people from all areas of life and all demographics enjoying this piercing.
  • Tongue piercing has somewhat declined in popularity in the past several years, but it’s still considered a very popular piercing.
  • Tongue piercings tend to heal fast. They can heal in about 3 to 4 weeks. This is one of the fastest healing times for any piercing.
  • Since the tongue heals fast it also means that the hole can close quickly. This is why it’s not recommended to remove your tongue jewelry.
  • Initial jewelry for tongue piercing is always made to be significantly longer, to accommodate the swelling. Once the swelling is gone you can go to your piercer to switch jewelry to the right size. It’s vital that the jewelry change is made by your piercer and not by yourself.
  • To reduce the swelling after procedure, drink cold beverages and suck on crushed ice. Avoid alcohol and spicy food.
  • Tongue piercing can easily be stretched to a larger gauge. Gauges larger than 14g will reduce the chance of migration and rejection, so there are many people stretching their tongue piercings to 10g or even 8g.
  • There are other popular placements apart from standard. Some people choose to have their piercing done to the side of the tongue instead of center. Multiple piercings are also popular. One of the most popular multiple tongue piercings are the so-called “venom bites”: two piercings placed side by side on the tongue. Also, the tongue itself is not the only part that is pierced. For example, some people have tongue web piercings.

Are Piercings about Pain?

Are Piercings About PainOne of the most prevalent (and annoying) assumption about people with piercings is that they like pain. While pain games and pain enjoyment exist, they are not necessarily related to piercings. In fact, it’s important to know that piercings themselves are rarely about the pain itself: while some people who enjoy pain do get piercings, this is not the rule. There are also many people who are piercing enthusiasts but dislike pain or are even scared of it. There is simply no rule to this.


The common assumption about pain-loving people with piercings typically come from people who do not have any piercings, which is not surprising. People who don’t have piercings are less likely to understand what piercings and other body modifications are about. That not to say that all people without piercings are ignorant, but it’s less likely to have a person with piercings who holds common stereotypes about pierced people. Simply put, once you are interested in piercings you understand more why people are drawn to this type of modifications.

So, the pain thing usually comes from the place of not understanding what piercings are about. Since many piercings are painful to perform, some people conclude that it’s necessary to like pain to subject yourself to this. This sort of thinking ignores one important fact: piercings are rarely about procedure itself. They are about the result.

While there are some people who enjoy pain and might like the procedure of getting a piercing, this sort of modification is not focused on the pain itself. It is alright to enjoy pain during a procedure but it’s also alright not to like it. In fact, there are so many people who like piercings but are scared of piercing pain and piercing needles. These people strongly dislike the procedure and associated discomfort but choose to go through it for the sake of a piercing.

There are many different scenarios because there are so many different people who enjoy piercings. There is no one, unifying explanation of people’s attitudes to piercing procedure and associated pain.

Why Focus on Pain?

While pain is just a small aspect of piercing experience, it may seem strange that so many people focus on it. After all, getting a piercing done is just the beginning. This is not what piercings are about. There is also healing time and enjoying your new piercing to the fullest. There is a lot about choosing the best and most beautiful jewelry for your piercings. Some people choose to stretch their piercings. Others add weights in order to enhance the experience. There are so many ways to enjoy your piercings.

So, why so much focus on the pain? It’s simple: pain is so closely linked to piercings that it’s sometimes impossible to separate the two. After all, it’s considered impossible to get a piercing without pain. In fact, some people consider the two linked so much that they treat it as a test: if you are not strong enough to go through the pain, you are not deserving of a piercing.

While this sort of thinking is logical, it’s also important to know that many piercings are not as painful as they may seem. For example, tongue piercing is known to be relatively simple and it doesn’t cause much pain. Also, there are so many people who dislike pain but choose to get pierced anyway, and they later comment that the pain was not as bad as they thought it would be. All of these things suggest that piercings are not reserved only to people who like pain. In fact, getting a piercing by a professional piercer at a reliable studio is not the best place for those who enjoy pain, since piercers do their best to minimize clients’ discomfort. There is no much logical reason to believe that pierced people get piercings just to enjoy pain. It is just one of the misconceptions about piercings.

Dentist Recommendations for Oral Piercings

Dentists and Oral PiercingsOral piercings are very popular among people of different ages. It is therefore not surprising for dentists to have patients with oral piercings.

You may wonder how dentists approach oral piercings and what’s their opinion on the subject.

While you may think dentist’ attitudes are not important in this matter, it’s always worth knowing about proper dental care and potential problems oral piercings may cause so you can prevent them.

Are Oral Piercings Dangerous?

Dentists often recommend caution when it comes to oral piercings. It’s important that they are carefully done so they don’t harm or damage teeth and gums. The most common oral piercings, such as tongue piercings and lip piercings (that have the end hole inside the mouth) can be placed in the way not to cause damage, but a great care must be taken. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to find a reliable piercer who will perform piercing in the most optimal way.

Even with these precautions, it’s important to understand that oral piercings can sometimes cause damage, especially if jewelry comes in contact with teeth and gums. This is particularly true for some more unusual or rare oral piercings, such as smiley, frowny or some even rarer forms. Keep in mind: the rarer a piercing is, the most risk there is because chances are that it will come in contact with sensitive tissue or teeth. Also, rare piercings are less standardized so there’s less knowledge about optimal placements and other technicalities.

That being said, even dentists agree that oral piercings do not have to be dangerous or harmful, as long as they are done right. Also, it’s important to choose optimal jewelry that will not cause damage.

Appropriate Aftercare

Dentists uniformly agree that it’s best to leave your oral piercing alone in order to reduce the risk of infections and other problems. The only thing you should do is perform adequate aftercare during the healing period.

Keep in mind that oral piercings demand specific aftercare. You need to rinse your mouth regularly with a saline solution. You need to do this after every meal in order to prevent problems. It’s important to perform aftercare regularly.

Other than that, however, dentists recommend not to do anything to your piercing. Resist the urge to touch your jewelry and never use strong chemicals or mouthwashes during the healing period. Dentists recommend to use the least invasive products, especially during the initial healing time.

Dentist Tips

  • Wash your teeth and tongue regularly to maintain optimal hygiene.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals, especially during the healing time.
  • Observe your piercing regularly to notice early signs of infections and other problems.
  • Wear smooth jewelry that will not harm your teeth and gums.
  • Jewelry for oral piercings has to be reliable and well-crafted so it doesn’t crack or break.
  • If you notice swelling or another problem, make sure to contact your dentist or doctor immediately.
  • To receive optimal dental care, choose a dentist who is experienced with oral piercings.

Why You Should Never Buy Cheap Jewelry

Cheap Body JewelryIt’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap jewelry at a mall kiosk or a similar place. You might want to save a few bucks and some of the pieces offered there look really cute. Sure, they may not be classy, but there’s no harm in purchasing some cheap jewelry, right?

Wrong. Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous bad things. You should never buy such jewelry and you should advise your friends and family from doing so. Seriously, it’s that bad. This sort of jewelry never brings anything good. In fact, it can lead to some serious consequences.

Potential Harm

Cheap, low-quality jewelry can bring numerous health consequences. It may seem harmless, but you should never play with your health. Keep in mind that you might want to save a few bucks but there is always a reason why any particular piece is that cheap.

One of the main reasons cheap jewelry is cheap is because it’s made of cheap materials. This is bad news, because you need your body jewelry to be made of body-friendly, safe materials. This is non-negotiable. Using harmful materials can have serious consequences for your health, so you should always strive for jewelry made of medical-grade, high-quality materials.

Keep in mind that any body jewelry piece actually goes inside your skin. It has to pass through the piercing itself, which includes sensitive tissue. If you use jewelry made of crappy material you are risking a serious infection. Bacteria and dirt can get into your body and that’s a recipe for trouble.

Even more, cheap materials can bring harm themselves. Many cheap materials typically contain dubious or dangerous ingredients that will get inside your body, causing trouble. Take nickel, for example. Cheap jewelry typically contains nickel. All those cheap gold jewelry pieces? Yes, full of nickel. Nickel is dangerous because it can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can be very dangerous.

Another problem of cheap jewelry is that it’s just not well-crafted. It means it can easily bend and break, hurting you in the process. You don’t want your jewelry to poke and pinch you, and you sure don’t want any scratches and other problems.

Design Mistakes

Another downside to cheap jewelry is…. Well, it’s cheap. As in, you can tell it’s low-quality. Even when it comes to design, it’s just not as good as better quality pieces. Jewelry you can buy at a mall is made using the cheapest possible materials, including cheap glue and low-quality beads. It is just not made to last.

Glue is a particular problem here. Almost everything on a cheap jewelry piece is glued. This is particularly true for gems and other decorations. Glue tends to dry up and doesn’t hold well. After a while, the beads and gems will simply fall out. It is very easy to lose parts of your jewelry this way.

Now, this can be very dangerous, especially in the case of tongue piercing and genital piercings. You might swallow a bead or other part of the jewelry. It can hurt your genitalia. You don’t want this to happen.

Even if cheap jewelry doesn’t harm you, it still breaks easily. It’s not made to last so it will probably bend and break after the first wear. This is just a waste of money. You wanted to save on jewelry but it will actually take more of your money in the long run because it’s just so poorly made that you will have to always buy new jewelry pieces.

High-Quality Jewelry

High-quality jewelry, on the other hand, is not just body-friendly but also durable. It makes a good investment. It is carefully crafted and made to last. You should always buy this type of jewelry. Forget about cheap jewelry pieces you can get at a mall. Not worth the risk.

There are numerous advantages to high-quality jewelry. The most important ones include:

  • Safety. High-quality body jewelry is made of safe materials. These materials will not harm your body so you don’t have to worry while wearing these jewelry pieces.
  • Durability. High-quality jewelry is made to last. It is durable and well-crafted, so you will enjoy it for a long time.
  • Beauty. High-quality jewelry is also more beautiful. Since it uses good materials and it’s well-crafted it also look much better. It will not break or bend easily so it will keep its great looks for a long time.

Cheap Body JewelryThe best of all? High-quality jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive. Sure, you will pay a bit more than for cheap jewelry but this is the point. You are paying for the quality. You are paying for your safety. You are paying for beautiful, durable jewelry you will enjoy for a long time.

At the same time, you don’t have to pay some crazy money for a quality jewelry piece. There are body-friendly, durable jewelry pieces you can get for a decent price. The Chain Gang strives to provide the best-quality body jewelry without high prices!

Also, keep in mind that high-quality jewelry is durable, it will save you money in the long run, because you won’t have to buy new pieces all the time. Do yourself a favor and forget about cheap, low-quality jewelry. It’s just not worth the risk.

Tongue Jewelry Styles

Tongue Piercing JewelryTongue piercing is among the most common piercing types. It’s also the most common oral piercing many people like to have. If done right, it can be very effective.

Also, many people claim the procedure itself is not so complicated no painful as they expected. All these reasons make people choose this piercing type in large numbers.

Once you have a tongue piercing, the next thing to think about is tongue jewelry. A common misconception is that tongue jewelry has to be simple and boring. Nothing can be further from the truth! You can use very stylish tongue jewelry if you wish so.

Tongue Jewelry Basics

Tongue jewelry is any jewelry used for tongue piercings, regardless of placement. Appropriate tongue jewelry should take into account the nature of this piercing. Namely, tongue piercing is an oral piercing and it’s located inside a person’s mouth.

The jewelry should be smooth enough to be comfortable so it doesn’t cause problems during everyday activities. In the case of a tongue piercing, these “everyday activities” are, first and foremost, talking and eating. Your tongue jewelry has to accommodate these tasks and to make talking and eating problem-free.

Another activities you may choose to do with your pierced tongue are kissing and oral sex. Tongue piercing jewelry can help you make both of these things even more exciting and enjoyable. On the other hand, improper tongue jewelry can pose a problem or hurt your partner in the process.

For these reasons, it’s important to wear only jewelry suitable for tongue piercing. While there is no unique jewelry type made for tongue piercings only, there are several common jewelry types that are good for this type of piercing.

Common Jewelry Types

There are several jewelry types commonly used for tongue piercing. These are made to be safe, body-friendly and allow you to talk and eat normally (not to mention they are suitable for other kinds of activities you may wish to do with your tongue).

The most common jewelry types for tongue piercing include:

  • Straight Barbells. Straight barbells are probably the most common jewelry type for this kind of piercing. A good barbell for a tongue piercing is the one that is completely smooth. Smooth jewelry is very comfortable to wear and it doesn’t interfere with eating, talking and other activities you wish to do with your tongue. In case you want to use straight barbells, keep in mind that they have to be made of a body-friendly material. Medical-grade jewelry works best because it’s completely safe and suitable to be used inside the body. When choosing a straight barbell for your tongue piercing, it’s best to go with 316LVM Surgical Steel or Titanium barbells.
  • Decorated Barbells. Technically, these barbells are also straight barbells but we gave them their own category to show that you can use jewelry that is not completely simple and plain. However, in order for your decorated barbell to work, it still has to follow some rules. First of all, it has to be made of a body-friendly material. Another thing to keep in mind is that a decoration should not be such to harm your tongue or inside of your mouth. This is why colored barbells (such as anodized Titanium barbells) or barbells with a small gem or other decoration work better than richly ornamented jewelry pieces.
  • Labrets. While labrets are typically used for lip piercings, you may wish to use them for your tongue. Labrets tend to be smaller than straight barbells so they are lighter and easier to wear. However, keep in mind that your labret still has to be long enough to accommodate your piercing. Labrets are smooth and simple in design, but they usually have a decorated top. This is a great way to have a simple yet cute jewelry piece for your tongue piercing.
  • Captive Bead Rings. They are generally popular jewelry pieces, but they are used for tongue piercings sparingly. Some people find it difficult to insert CBR into their tongue piercing. On the other hand, there are many people who absolutely love them and prefer them over any other jewelry type for their tongue piercing. In case you wish to use a CBR for your tongue piercing, make sure it’s large enough to accommodate piercing.
  • Special Jewelry Types. There are many special jewelry types you may wish to wear in your tongue piercing. For example, tongue retainers are great for concealing and keeping your piercing at times when you can’t wear your jewelry. French Tickler is a great addition for your jewelry and an excellent way to improve your sex life. Just place one of those tickler on your tongue piercing and your oral sex technique will instantly become amazing.

Additional Tips for Choosing Tongue Jewelry

Tongue JewelryTongue piercing is very popular so it’s not surprising there are many beautiful jewelry pieces made for this piercing type. When choosing good tongue jewelry, however, there are certain things to keep in mind.

Your chosen jewelry piece should not only be elegant and effective. It should also be appropriately sized and made of body-friendly materials. In fact, these things are more important than the looks, so it’s something you need to focus on when choosing your tongue jewelry.

Here are some of the most important things to pay attention to:

Tongue Jewelry Sizes

While there are many different tongue jewelry sizes and designs to choose from, there are some standard sizes you will probably use. Keep in mind that tongue piercings are typically done at 14 gauge, which means it’s probably the jewelry size you will need.

Another thing to keep in mind is the length of the jewelry. Since tongue jewelry typically uses straight barbells, the length of the jewelry will be the length of the barbell between the balls. Typically, initial tongue jewelry will be a 7/8 inch straight barbell. It will be later changed to a smaller barbell. The initial barbell has to be longer to account for swelling.

Once the swelling is gone you should get your proper tongue jewelry. Typical tongue jewelry will be a straight barbell 5/8 inches in length.

However, keep in mind that this is just a standard side. A lot will depend on your individual anatomy. For example, you might need to keep 7/8 inch long barbell, or you may opt for a different length.

It’s also possible that you will get pierced with a needle that is not 14 gauge. In this case, you will need jewelry of an appropriate gauge. It’s always vital to know the gauge you are pierced with because this is the only way to choose the right jewelry.

Tongue Jewelry Materials

Another important thing to keep in mind are jewelry materials. There are many cheap jewelry pieces offered out there, often made of dubious materials. While it’s always important to use jewelry made only of high-quality, body-friendly materials, it becomes even more vital when it comes to oral piercings.

Why? Oral piercings are inside your mouth and they come in contact with the inside of your body, so it’s absolutely vital to use only medical-grade and safe body jewelry. This is non-negotiable. You need body-friendly jewelry materials for your tongue piercing.

Luckily, there are many good materials for your tongue piercing to choose from, but you need to know where to look. Some of the best tongue materials include:

  • Surgical Steel
  • Titanium
  • Gold

When choosing jewelry made of these materials, however, make sure they are all made of medical-grade materials and not their cheaper variants. For example, steel should never be stainless steel. You need to use Surgical Steel, preferably the medical-grade 316LVM Surgical Steel.

When it comes to titanium, this is generally a safe material, but it’s best to stick to the high-quality, medical-grade titanium for your tongue piercing.

Finally, if you choose jewelry made of gold, make sure that the gold chosen is body-friendly. Stay away from any gold containing nickel. Nickel is very dangerous and can cause a serious nickel allergy. This is always dangerous but it’s even more alarming in the case of tongue piercings.

When to Change Jewelry?

Another thing to keep in mind is the healing period. It’s very important to know when it’s safe to change your tongue jewelry. If you violate these tips you are risking infections and other problems.

Generally speaking, you will want to change your tongue jewelry at least once or twice. The first time is shortly after getting it done. Chances are that your initial jewelry will be longer, to account for swelling. You should change your jewelry to a shorter barbell once the initial healing is over. It’s always best to ask your piercer to do this for you.

After this, you should wait until your piercing is fully healed to change the jewelry again. Once your piercing is healed you can change your tongue jewelry whenever you want.

Common Problems and Complications of Tongue Piercings

Tongue PiercingOral piercings are getting more and more popular each year. While they are still not as popular as some other piercing types (earlobe piercing or navel piercing), they are among the most common piercing types.

Tongue piercings are very beautiful and you can find some truly gorgeous jewelry pieces to go with your tongue piercing. Not to mention that some people claim these piercings are functional when it comes to kissing and oral sex. It is not a secret that genital piercings can be used to enhance sexual pleasure, but a nice tongue piercing can help, too.

In order to enjoy your tongue piercing to the fullest, you need to know all about the procedure and all the possible risks. This is the only way to protect yourself and to avoid problems that may arise with a tongue piercing.

Are Tongue Piercings Dangerous?

One of the first thing many people as is whether tongue piercings are dangerous or not. The truth is that they can be harmless and very dangerous, and it all depends on the person who pierces you. If done correctly, tongue piercings are no more dangerous nor complicated than earlobe piercing. However, if you are pierced by an inexperienced piercer, there are some serious problems that may arise.

In order to avoid these problems, the key is to choose a reliable piercer who is not just professional and follows all the health and safety standards but is also knowledgeable and experienced in tongue piercings. You need someone who has a rich experience in performing this procedure.

This is the most important step: find a good professional. This person will know how to take care of the procedure and how to avoid all the possible complications that may arise from piercing a tongue.

Another way to avoid problems is to follow the aftercare instructions carefully. This is vital. You have to clean your piercing regularly and follow other aftercare instructions recommended by your piercer.

If you keep in mind these two tips (choosing an experienced piercer and follow aftercare instructions) you should not have problems with your tongue piercing.

Common Tongue Piercing Issues

There are some issues and problems that may arise with a tongue piercing, particularly if the procedure is not performed correctly. You need to be aware of these problems and you need to know how to recognize them in case you need to seek professional and medical help. Keep in mind that these problems don’t happen often if you choose a reliable piercer and if you follow the aftercare instructions, but it’s still useful to be informed about them.

Common problems with tongue piercings include:

  • Excessive bleeding. Most of the time, it’s a consequence of inadequately performed procedure.
  • Injuries to the mouth and teeth. Again, most of these occur as a consequence of inadequate procedure. However, some of them can happen due to inadequate aftercare. Some of these injuries occur later, as a result of people cracking or chipping their teeth with tongue jewelry.
  • Infections. If a piercer follows safety measures, they rarely happen as a result of procedure. They usually occur when inadequate aftercare is performed.

In case some of these problems occur, it’s important to seek medical help immediately. In case of the infections, you will probably need to take antibiotic. In some of the cases, you will need to remove your tongue jewelry, which may leave scarring.

Some other problems you may face are: receded gums (as a result of the jewelry pushing against the front teeth) and teeth crowns being scratched. Sometimes, tongue jewelry can break certain tooth restorations, such as porcelain crowns.

Oral Piercing Aftercare Tips

Oral PiercingHere are some basic aftercare instructions for your oral piercings. As usual, the best thing to do is to listen to your piercer carefully and to apply all the aftercare measures your piercer recommends. This is yet another reason why you should always find an experienced, reliable piercer: you will need to be informed about all of the appropriate aftercare and safety measures you need to perform during healing.

Remember: healing time is crucial for your piercing. You need to perform adequate aftercare measures and to follow some common safety tips, to ensure your piercing heals nicely and without any problems.

Oral piercings are often tricky because part of the wound is typically located inside your mouth. As such, it may pose a problem, especially during eating and chewing. Oral piercings such as tongue piercing or labret piercings (lip, cheek) have to be cleaned carefully and a special measure should be taken not to damage the piercing during eating.

Cleaning Instructions

To clean your oral piercing, it’s best to use a gentle solution that will not cause harm to your piercing. At the same time, a solution you choose has to be strong enough to fully clean your piercing. It’s best to use a common saline solution suitable for all piercing types, or a special, gentle cleaner specially formulated to be used for healing oral piercings. Before you use any product, make sure it’s safe to be used for mouth rinsing.

To clean your piercing inside the mouth, rinse your mouth with the solution about 4-5 times a day. It’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal and before you go to bed. Make sure to rinse your mouth for at least 30-60 seconds.

At the same time, don’t overdo it. Cleaning and rinsing every half an hour will not help. In fact, it can only make your skin very sensitive and irritated.

For the exterior part of the piercing (such as exterior of the lip and cheek), you should clean using the saline solution or a special anti-bacterial soap. Before you start, make sure to wash your hands before you touch your piercing. You may apply saline solution 2-3 times a day but soap should not be used more than 1 to 2 times per day.

To clean, soak the piercing with the solution and then rinse. You need to rinse thoroughly if you choose to use an anti-bacterial soap. With a saline solution, even a quick rinse will do. Make sure to dry your piercing. You should pat gently to avoid hurting your piercing. Always use disposable paper products for this purpose: cloth towels can harbor bacteria.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips you should follow:

  • Make sure to use a new, relatively soft toothbrush. It’s also best to floss daily to avoid accumulation of bacteria.
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth and apply mouth rinses after every meal.
  • You need to clean your jewelry, too. At first, you should brush the jewelry gently, to prevent damage to the healed piercing. Later, it’s important to brush the jewelry regularly at the same time as you brush your teeth and tongue. This is the only way to prevent accumulation of plaque.
  • Oral piercings tend to swell easily in the first couple of days. To reduce swelling and hotness, you can put a small piece of ice in the mouth and allow it to dissolve on its own.
  • When eating, make sure to do it slowly. Take small bites of the food and place them directly onto the molars. If you have a new tongue piercing, try to keep the tongue level in your mouth as you eat.
  • It’s best to avoid any strong, spicy food and alcohol. It will only damage your piercing and make it burn and hurt.
  • Cold foods and beverages may sometimes help reduce swelling, but don’t go overboard.
  • You piercing may seem healed well before the healing is complete. Remember, a piercing heals from outside in, so you should apply aftercare throughout the whole healing period.
  • Never play with your jewelry during the healing time! The only time when you should even touch your jewelry is during cleaning.
  • Avoid excessive talking or laughing during the first days. Opening your mouth too wide may damage your labret piercing because the inside of the labret can get caught on your teeth.
  • Stay away from any sexual contact (including French kissing) during the first stage of healing.
  • Don’t chew on pencils or other objects. You should also avoid chewing gum.
  • It’s important to change your initial jewelry with a shorter one as soon as the swelling is gone. Since this will happen during the healing time, it’s vital that you ask your piercer to do the jewelry change. Don’t even attempt to change your jewelry by yourself!