Body piercing is not without risk. Besides the possibility of infection and rejection of piercing jewelry, each type of piercing has a hazard associated with it. A primary concern for those with tongue piercings is the possibility of biting the tongue ring. In a worst-case scenario, this results in chipped and damaged teeth. A less serious worry is biting a new tongue piercing and hurting an already sensitive tongue. Thankfully, those with tongue piercings can reduce the chance of biting a tongue piercing by developing good habits and wearing suitable piercing jewelry.
Have your tongue pierced in a good position, if you do not yet have it pierced. Avoid having the end of your tongue pierced. Instead, have the piercing placed closer to the middle of your tongue to reduce the chance of biting the jewelry.
Eat soft foods that don’t require much chewing while your tongue is healing. Eat slowly and don’t chew gum, sticky foods or anything that puts you at risk of biting your tongue piercing.
Have a body piercing professional replace your tongue stud with a shorter stud after 10 days. Piercers use long studs when first piercing a tongue to allow room for swelling. Change to shorter tongue jewelry when the swelling decreases as long jewelry is easier to accidentally bite.
Get accustomed to your tongue piercing and develop safe eating habits, even when wearing short jewelry. Be mindful of the tongue piercing and learn to keep your tongue away from your teeth while eating.
Use acrylic balls instead of metal balls to help avoid chipping your teeth if accidentally bitten. Only use acrylic balls after at least one month of having your tongue pierced.
References and ResourcesSydney Medical Body Piercing Clinic: Tongue Piercings
XS-IV: Piercing FAQ