Things you need to know about tongue piercing

There are things that most of the youngsters are not aware of and because of this lack of awareness they often face consequences as tongue piercing is a complex process and could be hazardous.

Namrata Dutta
Written by: Namrata DuttaUpdated at: Feb 10, 2017 18:52 IST
Things you need to know about tongue piercing

For sure, tongue piercings look fabulous and these days, tongue piercing is a fad amongst youngsters. However there are things that most of the youngsters are not aware of and because of this lack of awareness they often face consequences as tongue piercing is a complex process and could be hazardous. Did you know that not everyone can have tongue piercing?



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Yes, tongue piercing doesn’t suit everyone but some people can have them without any complexities and problems. The success of a right piercing depends upon the length and positioning of veins of the tongue.



Who cannot get a tongue piercing


  • People with small tongues. People who cannot stick their tongue out very far.


  • People with veins in wrong places. There are some people with vein in the centre off their tongue, making it difficult for the piercer to pierce the tongue without harming the veins. Either the piercer should be adept enough to pierce the tongue without touching the vein. 


  • People with certain health conditions. If you are suffering from any form of paralysis, nerve issues, or indeed any health conditions you should alert your piercer.


  • There is a certain age to get a tongue piercing. Usually people from 14 to 16 aren’t allowed to have piercing as their tongues are way too thin and not ready for a piercing.


Things that you should keep in mind before getting tongue piercing done

There are many stereotypes about tongue piercing, like a pierced tongue is believed to get infected very easily. While the fact is that they won’t get infected if they get proper aftercare.

It is said that eating and drinking can cause infections while it isn’t true. However, kissing soon after getting a piercing done can cause infection as the piercing needs time to settle.
You should always research a body modification before getting it done. You need to know the process, what questions to ask, what to look out for, and how to choose a studio.



Getting the tongue piercing done

You must select a studio that has at least more than 5 years of experience and has an experienced staff of piercers. You should never settle down with any random piercing studio for cheaper prices. A studio with government approved license and certification is what you are supposed to choose. A studio that has a reputation and doesn’t reuse the equipments is what you require.

After you have found the right studio, you must ask all the questions you have in your mind before you get the piercing done. You can also ask for their certifications and licenses if you have doubt. 

When you first go in, you will be asked to sign a consent form. You must tell your piercer whether you are on any sort of medications or not, whether you have any health conditions or any sort of allergies. These small considered things can have major impact on your piercing process.

Make sure that you are fit and fine when you go in. You cannot have piercing if you have cold or getting over an ailment or are on antibiotics.

Also, be sure to brush your teeth, floss, and rinse your mouth with an anti-septic mouthwash beforehand to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth.

After you have signed all the documents and chosen the jewellery, your piercer will get ready with the equipments and at that time you can make sure that all the equipments are clean or not and you can also ask about their past piercing experience, just to get acquainted with their skills and expertise.


What happens before piercing

Before starting piercing, the piercer will check your veins. They will use a blue light to locate your veins, just to be more certain of the positioning of your veins. They will pierce straight down the middle of the tongue as the piercing should never be too close to the tip of the tongue. Piercing closer to the tip can cause a speech obstruction and discomfort in mouth as the piercing will always touch the teeth.

During the piercing


Here are the basic steps of the actual piercing:

  • They will have a position marked and once they have it marked, they clamp the area and pierce.


  • When they have the needle pierced through your tongue, they will remove the needle and replace it with the jewellery through the thin tube that remains in the tongue.


  • They will let you see it when they are finally done and will make sure that you are okay before you leave.



After the piercing

Once you are done and have left the studio, the care of piercing is in your hands. The piercer will do it professionally with aseptic equipment. People should understand that an infection that follows is majorly a cause of negligence. If you are not taking proper care of your piercing and the piercer is not at fault and that is why you are asked to sign the consent form.


Aftercare is the most important

Aftercare is the most integral part of tongue piercing. Once you are done with it andhave the tongue piercing in your mouth, you are solely responsible for whatever happens to it. It is totally up to you to take care of the piercing. Your piercer will share all the necessary aftercare tips with you and you must follow all the tips shared by them as they are experienced and professional.

After a piercing, make sure that to use a clean toothbrush, alcohol-free toothpaste and mouthwash. Rinsing your mouth with alcohol will worsen up the piercing and may give you discomfort and swelling. It could react and can stain your teeth and cut your mouth.

Things that you must not do after a fresh piercing:

  • You must not have something hot such as tea or coffee, until the piercing is healed.


  • You are not supposed to take an aspirin and paracetamol as it may aggravate the swelling.


  • Do not make use of alcoholic mouthwashes.


  • Try to avoid consuming alcohol.


  • Do not kiss for a while, not at least for three weeks after getting pierced. You can have infection. Also, do not make any sort of oral relationships for a minimum of three months.


  • Try and do not play with the piercing with teeth.


  • Do not put your hand in your mouth, it may spread germs.


  • Do not smoke for a while, it can cause infection, discomfort and swelling.


  • Do not try to change the piercing before 3 months or if possible consult the piercer before attempting the change.


  • Try to avoid spicy food, it may sting.


  • Must avoid foods that are hard to chew or eat.



Healing Time

Most of the tongue piercings can heal in 2 to 4 weeks. Actually, healing time depends from person to person, the way they care for the piercing after getting piercing done. Also the swelling is a major deciding factor. A piercing will heal within eight weeks but most piercing are healed before that.



Cleaning is must

You must clean your piercing at least 1 to 2 times in a day, morning and at night. You can brush your teeth like always and can rinse your moth normally but use warm water if possible and a non-alcoholic mouthwash. Even after eating you can rinse your mouth with warm water.



Swelling is normal

Swelling after piercing is normal. You can take an ibuprofen to reduce the pain and the swelling. You can also suck on ice cubes (make sure the ice cubes are made out of clean water) and drink cold drinks. The swelling will be worst first three days.


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