Tongue aftercare is very different from your other piercings because your tongue is a muscle you use all the time, talking eating etc.
You need to take very special care of your tongue piercing, if you take good care of it you should be able to come and get it changed after 4 weeks, sometimes you will be able to change the jewellery after 2 weeks, so if you feel like it is ready to change or the bar is too long and getting in the way of your eating because the swelling has gone down, come into the studio and we will be able to see if you can change your jewellery sooner.
To clean tongue piercings use a non alcoholic mouthwash twice a day.
You can also repeat this step after you eat to help clean any of the food away that might get stuck around the jewellery.
You can just add this step to your daily toothbrushing routine.
You should get a new toothbrush to clean gently around the piercing so you don’t transfer any old bacteria and then throw it out once your piercing has healed.
Don’t try to stick your tongue out or roll it around your mouth or put it under any strenuous pressure while its healing because it will hurt, take longer to get the swelling down and you could end up harming yourself.
You will need to eat slightly different foods, and treat your mouth differently while your tongue piercing is healing.