Tongue piercings have
been a popular body modification since punk rock days but in the 90s gained
popularity as a mainstream piercing. Nowadays people are sporting all kinds of
tongue piercings but the classic single tongue piercing is still a popular
choice. We are here to answer everything you have always wanted to know about tongue piercing including what to
expect during and after getting your tongue pierced.
Does tongue piercing
Like any piercing, the tongue piercing does hurt but it may
not be as much pain as you think. Many people relate tongue piercing pain to biting your tongue really hard. The
procedure will be over quickly so this low amount of pain won’t last for very
long. Unlike other piercings, your tongue piercing may become more painful
after being pierced due to the swelling. This should only last for a few days
but may last up to a week.
Should I get my tongue
It is up to you if you should get your tongue pierced. If
you have considered the healing time and whether a tongue piercing would suit
your lifestyle then go for it! There is no hidden tongue piercing purpose – it initially emerged in Western culture
as a way to show your rebellious side and that you weren’t afraid of pain. The
ancient routes and tongue piercing
meaning are often traced back to Mayan and Aztec origins where tongue
piercing was thought to show honour and closeness to God.
How long does a tongue
piercing take to heal?
A tongue piercing usually takes 4-6 weeks to fully heal
which is a relatively fast healing time. During the tongue piercing healing stages, you may find your diet is
restricted to cold, soft foods. It is important to follow tongue piercing aftercare including advice on what to eat to ensure
your piercing can heal safely. Tongue piercing
care requires cleaning the mouth regularly with mouthwash and saltwater
solution to ensure any food and bacteria build up is eliminated before it can
What can you eat after
getting your tongue pierced?
After getting your tongue piercing only eat soft, cold
foods. The plainer the better so stick to foods such as yoghurt and smoothies.
Definitely avoid spicy foods as this can aggravate your piercing wound. Tongue piercing side effects include
swelling and soreness for the first couple of days so eating soft, cold foods
will help to relieve the discomfort caused by this too.
Can I drink out of a
straw after tongue piercing?
It is best to avoid drinking through straws after having a tongue
piercing as they can catch on your piercing. You may think that drinking
through a straw allows you to drink anything but we recommend avoiding any
carbonated drinks during healing, whether through a straw or not. If you can,
stick to water and only have soft drinks such as juices occasionally. Avoid
drinking alcohol during the healing time of 4-6 weeks as this can also affect
Can you kiss after a
If you get a tongue piercing, be prepared not to kiss anyone
for at least 3 weeks after your piercing. If you can, wait until the full
healing time of 4-6 weeks before kissing anyone, especially French kissing.
Another person’s mouth bacteria may cause you problems with your piercing and
can even cause a tongue piercing to get infected. Similar advice is given for
oral sex. You should definitely be waiting for the full healing time before
attempting oral sex with your new tongue piercing.
Can you talk after
You may find it difficult to talk after getting a tongue piercing
because your tongue will swell. You may also take time to get used to having
the piercing jewellery in your mouth which could affect certain words or
sounds. By drinking cold liquids and regularly cleaning your piercing you will
help reduce the swelling, which should only last from a few days to a week,
then you will find it much easier to talk.
Do tongue piercings
get infected easily?
A tongue piercing infection
is slightly more likely than infections in other types of piercing such as
ear piercings. This is because it is impossible to avoid using your tongue
after getting your piercing. The most common causes of an infected tongue piercing, especially in the weeks while it is still
healing, are food and drink, kissing, and oral sex. All these activities
introduce bacteria into the mouth which can affect the open piercing wound.
Make sure your tongue piercing is free from food after eating by rinsing your
mouth with mouthwash or saltwater solution (this should be used twice a day
anyway to keep your tongue piercing clean) and abstain completely from kissing
and oral sex during the healing time.
Can tongue piercings
Tongue piercings can reject but it isn’t as common compared
to surface piercings because the tongue is pierced deep into the tissue. You
are more likely to have problems with infections which could delay healing. If
you think your tongue piercing is rejecting or you have noticed that your
piercing jewellery has moved then visit your piercer who will be able to assess
the piercing and recommend the best course of action. Likewise, if you are
experiencing any other symptoms such as redness, discharge, or swelling your
piercer may be able to offer advice.
Are tongue piercings
If you are pierced by an experienced professional piercer a
tongue piercing is not dangerous. You put yourself at risk if you attempt this
piercing at home or go to someone who is not qualified because your piercer
will need to assess your tongue to ensure they are avoiding any major blood
vessels. The main long term danger from tongue piercing is to your teeth. If
your piercing barbell or jewellery is too long it may catch on your teeth which
over time will affect your dental health. Like with any piercing, if an
infection is left untreated this can also cause serious problems. If you
suspect you have an infection then seek help from a medical professional as you
may need antibiotics.
There are a few different types of tongue piercings available. The tongue piercing types you choose may depend on other piercings you
are planning to get and your lifestyle. If you want to explore different tongue piercings then take a
look at our article on Web Piercing which is an under tongue piercing.
Successfully healed your tongue piercing? Why not check out
our range of tongue piercing jewellery to
switch up your design.
Want to know more about piercing at Blue Banana? Check out
our Piercing Guides!
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