Tongue Web Piercing 101
If you’ve only had your ears or nose pierced before, an oral piercing can seem a bit daunting. However, if you’re willing to put in the time needed to look after it properly, this type of body modification can give you a really cool look!
The tongue web piercing is perhaps the most low-key type of oral piercing, and because it’s placed under the tongue you can easily hide it whenever you want to. If you work in an environment that is strict on piercings, or aren't very keen on having a highly visible piercing, a tongue web piercing could be a great choice for you. Read on to find more about this type of piercing...
Things to consider
Before getting your frenulum pierced, there are a few things you need to consider first. Are you willing to put in the time required to look after it? Are you able to avoid certain habits to ensure that it heals properly? Are willing to deal with the risk of infection and rejection? We at Blue Banana want everyone to have awesome piercings, but it is important to make sure that it isn’t a decision you might regret.
One reason why you might be considering a tongue web piercing is to get involved in the world of oral piercings. A frenulum piercing can make for a great initial oral piercing, and has many benefits; the actual procedure is often less painful than with other oral piercings, the lack of blood vessels in the frenulum means that bleeding will be minimal and the healing time is relatively short compared to other piercings.
So if these things appeal to you, a tongue web piercing might be for you!
Like with most types of piercings, a frenulum piercing is performed with a hollow needle. After a hole is made, the jewellery is then put into place.
Some people have tried to perform this type of piercing themselves, however we very strongly recommend against this. The frenulum is placed incredibly close to the saliva glands – a very sensitive area. If you don't get your piercing performed by an experienced professional, there is a risk of your saliva glands being permanently damaged. It’s not really worth the risk just to save a few pounds.
The pain levels people experience for a tongue web piercing is
often quite low, and would rank at about 5/10 on a hypothetical pain scale. It's
worth bearing in mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this 'pain
rating' is purely anecdotal.
Some throbbing, swelling and bleeding is to be expected
following a daith piercing, though if you experience any abnormal levels of
pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately.
One of the positives about tongue web piercings is that they take a fairly short time to heal compared to most piercings. Normally they take between 8 and 10 weeks, though this can be longer. With the frenulum being in the mouth, it is obviously at risk of being exposed to variety of substances such as foods. As a result it is important to clean your piercing regularly with a PH neutral mouthwash. It is recommended that you rinse out your mouth after every meal also.
Here are some other tips with regards to caring for your tongue web piercing:
- Getting a soft bristle toothbrush is highly recommended. You should regularly use it to clean the area around the piercing.
- Avoid smoking and spicy foods. These are likely to irritate the piercing, extending the healing process.
- Even though the tongue is naturally very active muscle, it is recommended that you avoid moving it when possible.
- Do not remove the piercing until it is fully healed.
If you stick to these tips, it is likely that your frenulum piercing will heal in no time. Taking extra care during the healing period will prove very rewarding in the long term.
There are a number of different types of jewellery you can use in relation to a tongue web piercing.
Popular choices include:
Typically a larger than usually barbell will be used when the frenulum is pierced to ensure that it stays in place. Once the healing process is complete, you can swap this out for another piece of jewellery.
The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page