Tongue Piercing Care

Tongue piercings are one of the more popular piercings.

Depending on your pain tolerance, the actual pain of getting your tongue pierced will vary, but for the most part, getting a tongue ring is relatively painless.

Generally, the tongue will swell, but again the amount of swelling will vary per person. If the barbell is placed further back on the tongue, you may experience more swelling, but for the most part, it will take about 8 to 10 days for the swelling to go down. Once the swelling decreases, you’ll want to make sure to replace the initial barbell with a shorter one.

Healing a Tongue Piercing 

On average a tongue piercing takes about 10 to 14 days to heal. The bacteria and enzymes in your saliva will help fight away infection and kill bad bacteria, but you will still need to use a good mouthwash to clean your mouth after eating.

If your tongue starts to turn green or brown, reduce the amount of mouthwash you use and how often you use it.

Some people are able to maintain their regular diet right after getting a tongue piercing, but others may have to reduce their diet to mashed potatoes, noodles, and other soft foods.

You may experience some of the following concerns, but once the piercing has healed, the issues will subside

  • Excess saliva
  • Tender taste buds on the tip of the tongue
  • Tenderness on the top of the tongue and the lower inside gum
  • White fluids around the wound (this is nothing more than dead white blood cells being excreted by the body)