Tips for Caring for your Tongue Piercing

So, you’ve gotten your first tongue piercing. It may have hurt a tad, but it doesn’t matter now, because you got it done. The pain has mostly passed (replaced with mild irritation) and now comes the most arduous part: aftercare. You’ve got at least 12 months before the irritation goes away and your tongue fully heals around the piercing. Until then there are quite a lot of steps you need to take and measures you must see to. Whether it be tongue stud jewelry, or barbells, if you’ve gotten a new tongue piercing, here are some helpful tips on caring for your new piercing.

Getting a tongue piercing done!

#1. Reduce pain

Obviously, you’ll want to dull the pain however you can, whenever it crops up. You can do this the old-fashioned way, by keeping an ice cube in your mouth, but you can also take things like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

#2. Rinse and clean your mouth

If your life is hectic, it can be easy to forget such things as rinsing out after every meal or brushing your teeth every morning. However, when you get a tongue piercing, mouth care becomes leagues more paramount. Whereas before, all you had to worry about was bad teeth, now, you have to worry about the wound your piercing made when implanted becoming infected by that pizza you just ate. Rinse out your mouth after every meal, and make sure to brush your teeth every morning and night. Repeat this until such time as the wound has healed. In fact, keep doing it afterward, it’s only sanitary.

#3. Eat soft food

For the first 24-48 hours post piercing, stick to really soft foods like mashed potatoes or ice cream. Harder foods will only irritate the piercing, and by extension, yourself. This way, you can keep from hurting yourself, while also learning how to eat properly with your new piercing.

#4. Wash your hands

Whether you have a tongue, belly, or ear piercing, the key to preventing an infection is to frequently wash your hands. Nothing infects a wound quite like dirty, rimy hands fiddling with it constantly.

#5. Watch for infection

This could be swelling, heat and/or redness around the pierced area, fever, pus, or persistent pain/throbbing. If you think you may be infected, stop by a doctor’s office to have it looked at.

If you’re interested in a tongue piercing, head on over to Body jewelry. They’ll not only get you a new tongue piercing, but more thoroughly walk you through the aftercare process.