Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: Tounge piercing care and sftey
I had mine done when I was younger. They gave me a bottle of stuff to use the first week and after it was gone I used half-strength (diluted 50% with water) Listerine every morning and night and after eating per the piercer's instructions. I also ate a lot of chipped iced (another of the piercer's tips) for the first few days (reduces the swelling and just feels good). For food, I pretty much lived on milkshakes for the first couple days then started adding various other soft items (soup, eggs, etc.). According to the person who did mine (it was done at a professional establishment), I have an unusually thick tongue with a lot of veining but they did a great job, it didn't hurt and only bled a couple drops. However it swelled a LOT and took about a week to calm down.
My other hobby is whitewater kayaking and a few years ago the ball came off of the barbell and it fell out about halfway through a class 4 rapid. There wasn't a good place to do anything about it right then so I just spit it into the water and have never bothered to replace it. I can still see the hole but I doubt it's still clear all the way through after this much time.
P.S. And the other folks are correct, keep your tongue out of other people until it heals.