A tongue piercing is a vertical piercing through the center of the tongue. Tongues are generally pierced with 14 gauge surgical steel barbells. Other gold or titanium options are available upon request. Tongue piercings generally take between 4 – 6 weeks to fully heal but can generally be downsized around 2-3 weeks. Tongue piercings are one of the few piercings that require downsize jewellery due to the anticipated amount of swelling that can occur. The aftercare for a tongue piercing is as follows:
Cleaning and maintenance of an Oral Piercing:
Every day, after eating drinking or smoking, rinse your mouth using ½ capful of oral rinse. This is safe to use on all oral piercing and is able to be used as many times as necessary. Be sure to gently brush around your piercing while brushing your teeth. Avoid playing with your piercing during the healing process. Once the swelling from your piercing has gone down, be sure to downsize your jewellery to avoid chipping teeth or gum damage.