Tongue Piercing

Tongue

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Get your tongue piercing at Black Line Studio, Toronto with comfort and confidence, knowing that Black Line Studio piercers are ranked number one in Toronto. We pride ourselves in being nominated as “Toronto’s Best Tattoo Artist, Best Body Piercings Shop, and Best Tattoo Studio” by NOW Magazine! We provide an impeccably sterile, hygienic service and environment, in excess of Toronto Public Health Standards and Guidelines. Our piercing professionals come with a wealth of training and experience which allows customers to achieve the look they desire with ease and excitement. Black Line Studio looks forward to giving you the best tongue piercing service and result in Toronto!

Piercing Location To achieve a tongue piercing, the centre of the tongue (typically) is carefully perforated. A skilled piercer will find the "sweet spot" on your tongue to minimize potential damage to your gums and teeth and establish a long, healthy life for your piercing. Although everyone's oral anatomy is different, tongues come with a few natural landmarks to help orient the ideal piercing location:

Front to back: The tongue has 3 main parts, the apex (tip), the body, and the back. When the tongue is protruding, the piercing should be in the natural slight upward curve where the apex begins.

Side to side: Tongues all have a natural indentation at the "midline" (i.e. down the middle) that divides the body of your tongue from left to right.

On the flip side: Underneath your tongue, the lingual frenulum is that small strip of skin attaching your tongue to the floor of your mouth. Piercings should be at least 1/8 inch in front of the frenulum, and avoid the dark blue visible veins.

From the top: Piercings are inserted perpendicular to your tongue with a very slight backward angle to help avoid direct contact with the front teeth and the roof of the mouth. Snakebite tongue piercings are done laterally, not perpendicular, so the needle enters and exits on the top of the tongue only.

Aftercare – When following Black Line Studio’s after care protocol, the healing time for a tongue piercing is typically 2 to 3 months. These piercings usually heal with little to no issues, and once healed, are relatively mellow and easily manageable body piercings.

The holy grail of tongue-piercing aftercare is the saltwater rinse. This 2-ingredient, make-it-yourself solution is fast, cheap, easy, and an effective offence and defence for your new piercing against bacteria.

For the saltwater rinse, mix six teaspoons of non-iodized/all-natural sea salt into a one-gallon jug of distilled water. After every meal, gently swish for 30-90 seconds and spit out. Fill a personal or disposable water bottle with the solution and toss it in a bag or the car for when you're out and about.

During the healing process, avoid products that may irritate your piercing. Not only will they sting/burn and cause you discomfort, but they may increase inflammation, reduce healing times, and introduce contaminants or complications to your piercing.

While your piercing heals, abstain from:

  • oral intimacy
  • Listerine, or any other mouthwash containing alcohol
  • citrus
  • acidic products (i.e. tomatoes, sour candy, lemonade, etc)
  • spicy food
  • hot temperatures
  • alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis

After your piercing has completely healed, you can resume your regular diet, but proceed with caution and listen to your body as you introduce your new piercing to things for the first time.

Jewelry Options Your piercer will guide you through the exciting process of selecting your favourite piece of jewelry. The best jewelry option for a tongue piercing is a straight barbell, which comes in a variety of styles and colours. Black Line Studio does not advise removal of jewelry for at least 4 to 6 weeks post your piercing service. Whether before or after the piercing is completely healed, when it comes to changing the jewelry, we recommend that you consult with your piercer.

Contact Black Line Studio at [email protected] to book your appointment for the best tongue piercing in Toronto, or any piercing on the ear, mouth, face or body – we look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike the veinless, nerveless cartilage of the nose and ears, the tongue is a muscle with nerves that feel and veins that bleed. Luckily, protruding your tongue gives your piercing direct top and bottom access to the piercing site and clears it from any other bodily obstructions. This gives your piercer lots of space to work their magic and makes the entire process go by quickly. It also means that the barbell and both of its ends are fully visible, which makes threading the ends onto the jewelry a cinch.

Ask anyone with a tongue piercing and they'll probably all tell you that it didn't hurt as much as they thought it would. There will be significant swelling for the first 2-4 days, and the reality is to expect some discomfort, soreness, slurred speech, and fatigue.

You can do "ice rests" to alleviate pain during the first 24-48 hours. Set an ice cube on your tongue on and off as you can tolerate it, but don't suck or chew on the ice. Plan on a soft food diet those first few days or even the whole first week. Think straws and spoons: shakes, smoothies, purees, yogurt, applesauce, ice cream, etc.

Tongue piercings have a less robust cultural anthology than most other types of body adornment; however, it does have roots in Aztec and Mayan religions and transcendent applications among a few Northwestern Native American tribes. It is also part of a modern deity-offering sacrifice and predictor of good (or bad) fortune for villages in Nepal.

Historically speaking, tongue piercings were meant to be temporary. The permanent body piercing we all know and love didn't see its origins until the early 1980s.

You'll be able to, but it's preferable if you don't have to in your first few days of recovery. If it's possible to get your tongue pierced on a long weekend, holiday, or a break where talking can be minimized, it's a helpful idea. Due to the swelling, some slurred speech is common, but usually temporary. You may notice a slight lisp or more difficulty with lingual-dependent sounds like F, V, TH, S, L, T, and vowels.

You may feel uncomfortable and uncoordinated as you relearn some skills accommodating the new weight on your tongue and placement of your new piercing. Be patient with yourself and ease back into typical activities.

After your initial swelling has subsided, you will be ready to downsize to a shorter barbell for everyday wear. Switching to this smaller piece of jewelry is less dangerous for your teeth, gums, enamel, and the bones in your mouth, and will be lighter and easier to manipulate.

If you experience any discomfort caused by your tongue-piercing, consider trying smaller or differently shaped ends such as domes or flat discs, especially on the underneath side of your tongue. These ends take up less space in your oral cavity and are likely to feel more natural.