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Tongue Piercing Aftercare
Your tongue has been pierced by a professional body piercer and pierced using an implantation titanium barbell of the highest quality available. The rest of the healing process is up to you. Following this simple guide should enable you to have a great piercing that when healed will look great now and for years to come. Remember one thing no matter how good your piercing may appear over the next 2 to 4 months ( 8 to 16 weeks) it’s not healed and care must be exercised in handling it. Your piercing will not be seasoned (toughened) until you reach 1 year from the date of the piercing, so damage from changing jewellery or wearing inappropriate jewellery in the piercing is still possible within that time period.
New Piercing Aftercare
Clean your tongue piercing after everything other than water for the next 7 days, once in the morning
and again at night check to ensure the balls are tight on the barbell. Be sure to wash your hands before
touching your new piercing!
Swelling will be at its peak first thing the morning after the piercing was done. Before bed tonight, in the
fridge be sure you have a pitcher of cold water, a tray of ice cubes, you will want these items in the
morning. When you get up crush some ice in a plastic bag, then take some of the ice slivers and put them
in your mouth and allow them to melt. Try not to suck on them, allowing them to melt is the best. After
about five to ten minute you should notice the swelling subsiding. During the day try to have cold water with
ice handy throughout the day to keep the swelling down and to aid in the healing.
Good oral hygiene is important to allow the tongue piercing to heal as quickly as possible. Purchase a
good non-alcohol anti-bacterial mouth rinse if possible, (Oral-B), if you can’t find this then Original Listerine
will work fine but if you find it’s too harsh then cut it down 50% with water. You must rinse your mouth out
after everything other than water for the first 7 days, this is very important! When brushing the teeth do not
brush your tongue, this may irritate the piercing. The 2nd or 3rd day after the piercing has been done you
may notice a yellow film on the top of your tongue, don’t worry this is the normal matter your tongue
generates as it heals this will disappear in a few days. You may also see a whitish circle around the barbell
under your tongue, this is the tongues version of a scab and it will also disappear in a few days.
Ensure your barbell balls are tightened every night before bed, after you have brushed your teeth, and
after you have eaten and make sure washed your hands before. While holding the bottom ball under your
tongue in your left hand grasp the top ball with your right hand and turn it clockwise to tighten it. (Right to
Tighten / Left to Loosen) This must be done every day to ensure the balls do not loosen off. If you do
happen to swallow a ball they will not hurt you, they will pass through your system in a day or so, contact
your piercer to acquire another replacement ball.
After 2 Weeks
Re-Visit your piercer to have the barbell shortened; this is important to prevent dental damage from biting the barbell.
Things Not to Do with New Tongue Piercings
Do Not use
Epsom Salts, Table Salt, Hydrogen Peroxide, Betadine, Tea Tree Oil, Polysporin, Neosporin,
Bacitracin, Bactroban, Bactine or any other topical solution or ointment on your piercing what so ever.
These products are not for use on Puncture Wounds! If it’s not listed on the above aftercare guide don’t use
it on the piercing!
If you think you have trouble with your piercing contact your piercer and NEVER remove the jewellery from a suspected infected piercing.
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