Quick Reference

Tongue Piercing Aftercare.

It is recommended that you don’t change, twist or fiddle with the jewellery for 6 weeks. Your piercing may feel healed sooner than this but it wont truly be 100% and is likely to be easily damaged.

This piercing is prone to a large amount of swelling which needs to treated so you can heal. Ice, frozen foods, cold drinks, anti-inflammatory painkillers (always read the label), arnica and chamomile tea are recommended to help with this.

You will need to rinse your mouth after eating and drinking with water and smoking with alcohol-free mouthwash for the first two weeks.


  • Brush your teeth and tongue.
  • Clean your piercing with either an alcohol-free mouthwash or a sterile saline.
  • Make sure your hands are clean.
  • Dip a cotton bud in plain warm water
  • Clean around the top and bottom of the piercing, remove any crusties or discharge.
  • Ensure the balls on your jewellery are on nice and tight.#
  • Clean your piercing twice a day for the first 10-12 days.
  • After this, clean when the piercing feels sore or has a crust on the jewellery.

Additional Advice

  • Avoid exchanging body fluids (kissing and unprotected oral sex).
  • Do not use: any kind of alcohol on the piercing, including beverages for at least two weeks.
  • You will see a light yellow or white discharge (which hardens to a crust on the jewellery) throughout healing. This is normal wound fluid and is not pus.
  • Change your toothbrush to a nice new one!
  • After two weeks have your piercer change your bar for a shorter, autoclaved, one.
  • If your piercing gets upset consider drinking hot or cold chamomile tea.
  • Try taking a multivitamin that contains zinc, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A.
  • People who are prone to plaque or scale, or who are smokers, are particularly recommended to use alcohol-free mouthwash.

More Information

If you would like to know more about piercing cleaning try reading the full guide, alternatively you could read about how body piercings heal and what effect your cleaning will have.