TONGUE PIERCING AFTERCARE
Tongue piercing was practiced in a ritual form by the ancient Aztecs, Mayas of
Central America and the Haida, Kwakiutul, and Tlinglit tribes of the American
Northwest. The tongue was pierced to draw blood to propitiate the gods, and to
create an altered state of consciousness so that the priest or shaman could communicate
with the gods.
Tongue piercing is one of the most popular piercing's, it's shocking, provocative
and fantastic for oral sex (for both sexes), but at the same time no one need
know you have it. Janet Jackson, Keith Flint from Prodigy, Mel B from the Spice
Girls and Malcolm Jamahl Warner from the Cosby show all sport pierced tongues.
PERSONAL EXPERIENCES"A tongue piercing is a truly erotic experience
for both the piercee and his/her partner. Simply running the top ball of the
barbell stud along the roof of the mouth, can only be described as a
masturbatory act. It's applications in oral sex should be obvious to the
thinking, sensual human being. Mmmmmm." Elayne "Angel" Binnie P.F.I.Q.
"Now it's healed I love it, it feels great and I play with it all the time,
and the best thing is all the cute girls I like are dying to kiss me to see
what it feels like. I met the most beautiful girl last night and she just
couldn't keep her tongue out of my mouth. I'm stoked that I did it, it was
really worth the first uncomfortable few days." Personal experience
PIERCINGThe actual piercing of the tongue is not painful in itself
because the tongue is a muscle with striations, the needle slips between them
just like pushing a needle through a piece of fabric. However the tongue can
swell and become tender afterwards, sometimes quite dramatically, that's why
it's usual to pierce the tongue first with a longer barbell, which is replaced
for the proper size when the swelling goes down (usually 8-10 days). The
further back from the tip of the tongue the piercing is done, the more
swelling there is usually. Some people have a dimple on the front of the
tongue this is usually the ideal place to do the piercing.
Tongue piercing is not for the faint of heart, you wont be able to eat
solid foods, or talk properly for several days; this can sometimes lead to a
short period of depression. Make sure before getting the piercing that you
have all the things that you wont be able to have for a week such as steak,
chips, chocolate, etc. A last meal for the condemned!
The most common form of jewelry in tongue piercing are barbells, which are available
in surgical steel, gold-plated surgical steel and colored plastic. The initial
piercing must have a longer barbell with larger balls but once it's healed you
can wear a barbell with smaller balls. Labret studs and tongue retainers may appeal
to those who need to hide their piercing, they have a flat top which makes them
less visible and totally invisible if they are painted with flesh colored nail
HEALINGTongue piercing usually take between 10-14 days to fully heal,
it is almost impossible to develop an infection because the mouth contains an
enzyme "Ptyalin" and Lingual antimicrobial Peptide (LAP) which kills bacteria.
Overuse of mouthwash destroys these which can cause the tongue to go green or
brown, if this happens reduce the amount of mouthwash you use.
You will experience swelling the first day you get the piercing, but the
worst swelling will be from 2-5 days after the piercing, during which time
your tongue will be very uncoordinated and you may find it very hard to talk.
The only food you will be able to eat during the first 3-5 days are things
like mashed potatoes, canned spaghetti mashed up etc. or fruit and milk drinks
made in a blender.
During the healing process you may experience one or several of the following
problems, don't be alarmed they will all stop once the piercing is healed. Your
salivary glands will overproduce saliva and this will cause you to constantly
swallow, this may last for up to 5 days during which the salivary glands (under
the chin) can become swollen. The taste buds on the end of your tongue may become
tender and you might experience a tingling or burning sensation. You may experience
tenderness where the balls on the barbell make a depression on the palate of
your mouth and on the lower inside gum of your mouth. You may see a white fluid
being excreted by the wound, don't be alarmed is just dead white blood cells
it's a normal part of the healing process, all wounds heal by secreting plasma
which forms a scab, but because of the saliva in the mouth a scab can't form.
After 3-5 days the swelling will start to reduce, and between 7-10 days
after the piercing you will have to insert the shorter barbell inserted, I can
do it for you or you can do it yourself. Usually the shorter barbell can be
inserted after 8-10 days, although some people's tongue may heal quicker. The
amount of swelling depends on how long your tongue is (longer tongues swell
more), where the piercing is placed (the further back from the tip, the more
swelling) and how well you follow the aftercare instructions.
CHANGING THE JEWELLERYThe Piercing Temple has developed a unique
method of tongue piercing. Because of the initial swelling caused by the
piercing you need a longer barbell which must be replaced by a shorter one
after the swelling goes down. Normally this would require two separate
barbells which is more expensive, instead we have developed barbells where
both the balls screw off and the stem in the middle can be changed. The first
stem is 12mm and this is then changed to the 10mm stem when the swelling goes
We can change it for you (Free of charge), however if you can't come to us
to have it changed you can change it yourself. Rinse you mouth with water while
changing barbells as this helps remove saliva and makes it easier to change
the jewelry. Remove the initial barbell after 10 days, remove both balls from
the longer stem, then screw the shorter stem into one of the balls which you
must tighten as much as possible. This can be done by holding the stem (wrapped
in a bit of tissue paper to prevent scratching) in a pair of pliers and firmly
tightening the ball. Insert the barbell into the piercing from top to bottom
and screw the ball on the bottom, this prevents you swallowing the ball if it
comes undone. Do the ball finger tight then grasp it firmly and give it a firm
quarter of a turn, this will lock the thread tightly.
If you want you can change the balls, there are larger and smaller balls
available in Surgical steel, Gold-plated Surgical steel and solid 14ct gold.
These balls are sold separately but are much cheaper than having to purchase a
INVISIBLE TONGUE PIERCING
Many people wish to get their tongues pierced but feel they are prevented by the
negative reactions they may get from their employers. This can be solved by having
your tongue pierced by a barbell painted with flesh colored nail polish as this
is less likely to be seen. For extra precaution after it's healed you can wear
a labret stud or tongue retainer (flat on top) painted with flesh colored nail
polish. Once it's healed you can change the jewelry. yourself, so you can wear
one to hide the piercing from your boss (and relatives!), and one to impress your
friends at night.
DO's & DON'Ts TO CARE FOR YOU TONGUE PIERCING
- DO use Difflam-CT throat lozenges (or some other antibacterial/anti-
inflammatory lozenge) until you have the smaller barbell inserted. They
perform two valuable functions, firstly, they are anti-bacterial which
prevents infections; secondly, and most importantly they are anti-
inflammatory which helps relieve swelling and promotes healing. Using these
will greatly reduce the period your tongue will be swollen for.
- DO rinse your mouth with a disinfectant such as Listerine or cepacol
after eating any food (for 14 days), the mouthwash must be diluted to 1/4 of
normal strength with water, using undiluted mouthwash reduces the mouth's
natural enzymes and peptides which help healing.
- DO wait a minimum of 10 days before attempting to change over to the shorter
stem, if you do so before that period your tongue can swell up all over again.
- DO remove plaque which can form on the jewelry., remove this very gently
with a soft toothbrush during the healing period. After the piercing is healed
use an anti plaque mouthwash, and you may remove the jewelry. to clean it
once a month.
- DO check that the jewelry. is screwed on tight once a week, clean hands
with a germicidal soap before handling. The ball that screws off should be
on the bottom, and it must be turned clockwise to tighten it.
- DO be careful when you first start eating solid food to take very small
bites and be careful when you chew to keep your tongue level in your mouth
while eating, so the jewelry. doesn't knock against your teeth, and so you
don't bite the barbell and shatter a tooth! This is less of a problem after
you get the smaller barbell.
- DO keep cold water in the fridge, and add lots of ice to make it really
cold, drink this when you first wake up in the morning. The swelling will be
worse than usual because when you lie down more blood goes to your head, sip
the iced water very slowly, this will help alleviate the swelling.
- DO eat lots of cold foods i.e. ice cream, frozen yogurt, suck on chipped
or crushed ice, or very small ice blocks and drink lots of ice water this
will alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Frozen ice blocks in packs from the
supermarket are cheap and you can suck on them all day.
- DON'T talk too much while you have the first (longer) barbell in,
because the barbell is longer (to accommodate swelling) excess movement will
cause the barbell to cut the top of the wound. This problem will get better
once the swelling goes down and a shorter barbell is inserted.
- DON'T eat food that's hot in temperature ie. coffee, tea, soup as this
can be painful during the healing phase. Don't eat spicy hot food ie.
chilli, curry because this can increase the swelling during healing.
- DON'T use undiluted mouthwash as this destroys the mouth natural enzymes
which promote healing and it can cause ulceration.
- DON'T put anything dirty in your mouth such as fingernails, pens, etc.
And you must refrain from oral sex for the first 10-14 days, this includes
kissing even if you are in a monogamous relationship.
- DON'T play with the piercing or chew on it during the healing period as
this can lead to excess scar tissue formation and delayed healing.
- DON'T remove or replace the jewelry. during the healing period, as the hole
closes up very quickly and it's painful to reinsert the jewelry. once this
happens. Even after the piercing is healed it will close up within a day if
you remove the jewelry.
©Cheyenne Morrison, One Tribe, Australia 98 ©2006-2007
Bruce Kurson, Savage and Heads Tattoos