The Truth about Tongue Piercings

First off, do not believe everything you read! You are going to hear all kinds of horror stories about tongue piercings, but guess what? When ear lobe piercing was on the rise, there were all kinds of tales of doom and gloom with these as well. No matter where you look, you can always find bad reviews and horror stories for everything in the world all due to others opinion. Think about – you can hear not to eat eggs from one doctor and then from other eat eggs. Like stated before, it is all an opinion. The main thing is to learn how to care for your piercings whether they are on your ear lobes, tongues, naval, or elsewhere.

Instead of listening to the horror tales, learn how to care for your piercings. If you listen to all the tales, you will lock yourself in a room and never come out and even stop eating and drinking everything in the world.

If you want a tongue piercings the best way to ensure that you do not have problems with your piercing is to follow the care instructions.

1.    You must know that it will take from 4 to 6 weeks for your tongue piercing to heal.
2.    You should cleanse your moth with a diluted mouthwash at least 12 times per day for one full minute.
3.    You should also rinse your mouth with diluted mouthwash after smoking, eating, and drinking. Watch out for mouthwashes that are high in alcohol and never use hydrogen peroxide.
4.    Before touching your tongue piercing be sure your hands are thoroughly clean and try not to touch it all unless it is necessary.
5.    For the first couple of weeks, you should be a soft food diet.
6.    For the full 4 to 6 weeks, until the piercing has healed – no kissing or oral sex.
7.    Do not use antibiotic ointments, gels, or creams – this can cause germs to be trapped in the piercing
8.    It is best to use a liquid antiseptic for two weeks after the piercing on each of the piercing
9.    Drink ice water or such on water to aid with swelling
10.  Soak the piercing with a warm low sea salt solution

Things you watch for and if occur visit your doctor include
•    Redness
•    Unusual swelling over ¼ of an inch from the piercing
•    Discharge from the piercing that is yellow-green
•    Excessive bleeding
•    Red streaks on the tongue from the piercing
•    Pain that does not go away

Tongue piercings can be fun and exciting as long as you ensure you are following the care instructions.

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5 thoughts on “The Truth about Tongue Piercings

  1. I’ve been wanting a tongue piercing for some time now, but am hesitant because I’m worried about keloids. I have an upper-ear piercing that scarred, but have otherwise been free of keloids (5 other ear piercings, 1 eyebrow, 1 nose).

    I realize it’s different for everyone, and do plan to talk to my piercer about it, but do you have any advice regarding scarring and keloids when it comes to tongue piercings?

  2. Hi There,
    You really do not have to worry about the Keloids on the tongue piercing, as they usually are only a problem on cartilage piercings such as the ear and the nose piercings. Honestly I have never ever seen one on a tongue piercing. Now you can have scar tissue, or a scar as that you can have with any type of wound, there is no avoiding that. However I would really not be that concerned about that either.
    However you do want to take great care in choosing a Professional Piercer as the tongue piercing is actually a dangerous piercing, as their are 2 veins that run down either side of your tongue that you do not want to have cut or pierced with the needle. I have heard of one person that fell asleep and woke up in a pool of blood and another that lost part feeling in their tongue from the piercing. Now this is not meant to scare you there are horror stories about every body piercing, it is just something that does warrant a valid concern. If you choose a Professional Experienced Piercer, then you will not have any problem at all, as it is a very easy piercing. It is very easy to get it right, you just want to make sure that you do not get it wrong is all.

  3. I’m 61+ I’ve had mine for 10yrs with no problems at all . I wear an 8 guage, 3/8″ barbell. The shorter bar does’nt click on my teeth , and most of the time it isn’t noticeable, even when I talk.

  4. Just wanted to add:
    Tongue piercings are HOT! Worth the annoyance of getting used to having a bit of metal inside your face (a few days and you’re talking normal again) and after the inital healing, pretty easy to take care of if you already follow good hygiene practices.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement; I finally got my tongue pierced last weekend. Really the only pain I’m experiencing is where my tongue is swollen around the jewelry. Other than that, it’s not been bad at all. I know I’ve got quite some time to go before I can switch out my jewelry, but I’m going shopping on right now! 🙂

    If I may, I’d like to give a shout out to the Emporium of Design in Denver, CO… they are professional, knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy. Thanks guys!

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