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Tongue

Not only can tongue piercings be extremely fun, they are also normally hidden from view for those people who can not get facial piercings due to concerns at their job, school, etc. Barbells are the best jewelry choice for a new tongue piercing. Since new tongue piercings usually swell, sometimes a lot, your piercer will generally select a barbell about 1/2" longer than the thickness of the tongue at the piercing. Most often your tongue will swell to it's biggest point when you wake up the day after it is pierced. It will then slowly go down over the next couple of weeks. Most of the swelling, soreness and tenderness will go away after 3-5 days. All of it is usually gone after 10-15 days. After 10-15 days you can come back and have a shorter post inserted into your piercing that more closely fits your tongue. With a longer post it is far more likely chip teeth and wear the gums away from your teeth. Posts can be purchased separately, as can additional balls. Rings or circular barbells can also be worn in piercings very close to the tip of the tongue, when healed. Although it is safer on your teeth and gums to place the piercing at least 5/8" from the tip of the tongue.
 

Common Jewelry Sizes for Tongue Piercing 

Gauge (Thickness)

Length

Initial Piercing

14 12 10

3/4" 7/8"

Healed Piercing

14 12 10

7/16" - 5/8"

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