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The experience of getting your Tongue pierced

Updated on November 20, 2009

After about three months of claiming that i wanted to get my tongue pierced, I finally got up the nerve to actually do it. It wasn't that i was scared i was just procrastinating, as so many of us do. I did a lot of research about the risk of having a tongue piercing so i knew what i could expect or run into.

Such As

  1. Chipped teeth
  2. swelling
  3. nerve damage
  4. Tongue Abscess
  5. Gum damage


  1. Infection
  2. less movement in the tongue
  3. Systematic infection in the body

So soon after doing my research about the risk, i started to ask friends and family do they know of any legit piercing shops and about 80% of them told me about this place called Inkers.At Inkers you don't have to make an appointment they accept walk ins.So the next day i was on my way to get my tongue pierced.

When i first arrived i had to fill out some papers and once i was done that i went into one of the piercing areas. Before i received the piercing the piercer told me how it would work, and gave me information about after care.

It was finally time to get down to business, but first things first everything should be prepackaged before you should let any piercer proceed with the piercing for safety reasons. So once everything was opened the piercer  had me swish some listerine in my mouth for a minute and then i got rid of it. She then used these  thing that looked like tongs to locate a spot on my tongue to pierce, and to hold the tongue out. After she found the spot she took a needle and pushed it through my tongue, once it went through she put in my tongue ring and i was all set to go.

This may be unbelievable but it did not hurt that much, it was crazy because i didn't even know the needle had even went through yet i was just waiting. So when she said your all done i was like are you serious. If your worried about the pain you really shouldn't because it wont be as bad as you probably imagine it to be.

After Care

As far as after care i was told to

  1. use anti -bacterial mouth wash with no alcohol 
  2. eat ice/ice cream
  3. clean my piercing after every eating session
  4. And to make sure my barbells are tightened
  5. No smoking
  6. No liquor
  7. And of course good dental hygiene

After the piercing my tongue was a little swollen, but it olny lasted for about 3 hours, I also had a lisp for like 2 days, but as time went on i went back to talking normal. After about 2 weeks of eating ice chips and ice cream i was told that i could change my piercing.FYI it is hard when you change your piercing for the first time, so you might want to let the piercer do it for you, but if you feel  like you can manage then you can proceed.

I have to say that i am very happy with the results of my piercing, and im glad that i finally got the nerve to finally get it done.

Do you plan on getting your tongue pierced ?

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      Ms.Lavae 3 years ago

      You can change the jewelry as often as you want.

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      Korinne 3 years ago

      AFTER the piercing is healed, how often can you change the jewelry? Like if you want a different barbell for instance. I got my piercing 6 weeks ago and am about to get the shorter barbell put in. But after that, when/ how often can I change the jewelry to what I want?

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      Emily 7 years ago

      Thankyou so much for this!!! helps A lot :) Loooks Really Nice :) x

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      cosette 8 years ago

      you're really brave is all i have to say. looks pretty cool!

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      Cagsil 8 years ago from USA or America

      Cool hub. Thank you again for sharing.