Tongue Maintenance

After the swelling has dissipated about 3-4 weeks, your tongue piercing should be measured for a shorter, fitted shaft. This will make your piercing feel much more comfortable, and is recommended to reduce the likelihood of damage to your teeth and gums. We have also noted that a shorter shaft is less likely to cause later injury to your tongue. Fancy balls or head pieces for the jewelry can be obtained at this time.

After the 3 week aftercare, you should be down to just general dental hygiene. If continued overuse of mouthwashs occurs, you can irritate the piercing and develop problems. We recommend piercing the tongue with a 12 gauge shaft to reduce tongue injury and jewelry migration.

Tongue piercing: Stainless steel 12g 3/4-inch bondage barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing.

Stainless steel 12g 3/4" bondage barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing. The top ball has been drilled through to hold a 3/8" 14g captive bead ring.
Tongue piercing: Stainless steel 12g 5/8-inch T-barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing.

Stainless steel 12g 3/4" T-barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing. The top ball has been threaded across to hold two 1/4" straight barbell shafts both terminated with 5mm threaded balls.
Tongue piercing: Stainless steel 12g 5/8-inch barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing.

Stainless steel 12g 5/8" barbell with 6mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing. The top ball is flesh-tone acrylic. Various colors of clear and translucent acrylics, as well as UV-sensitive and glow in the dark plastics may be used.
Tongue piercing: Stainless steel 12g 5/8-inch barbell with 5mm threaded niobium balls in established tongue piercing.

Stainless steel 12g 5/8" barbell with 5mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing. Niobium balls may be colored to suit individual taste.
Tongue piercing: Stainless steel 8g 5/8-inch barbell with 6mm and 13mm threaded balls in established tongue piercing.

Some fire for effect. The piercing has been enlarged (upgauged) to 8g and the top ball is 13mm in diameter.

For a detailed explanation of the healing protocols for all piercings, download our Piercing Aftercare Manual.

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