How to Clean a Tongue Web Piercing: A Complete Guide

How to Clean a Tongue Web Piercing

I have noticed that hidden piercings that aren’t usually on show are becoming increasingly popular. One example of a piercing of this nature is the tongue web piercing, or if you want to be technical, the tongue frenulum piercing. In case you haven’t guessed yet, this is quite literally a piercing in the web under your tongue. you know, that thin piece of tissue connecting your tongue to the floor of your mouth.

Being that this is an oral piercing, it needs to be cared for extra well as the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria if it is not kept clean.

To help you avert infection, I am about to tell you exactly how to clean a tongue web piercing. You will be learning to best ways to keep your piercing clean and some other tip and tricks to help it heal up quickly, painlessly and problem free!

If you have this particular piercing or if you thinking of getting it, you have made the right decision by visiting this page!

Keeping Your Piercing Clean

When you get a tongue frenulum piercing done, your main priority should be to keep your piercing perfectly clean. Of course, this piercing is inside your mouth and in a bit of an awkward position so the cleansing technique you use might be slightly different than what you’re used to. It’s nice and simple though so don’t worry!

The Cleansing Process

H2Ocean Arctic BlastIn order to cleanse this piercing you can either use a piercing cleansing mouthwash such as H2Ocean Arctic Blast or Refreshing Lemon or you could use an alcohol free mouthwash, I would recommend Listerine Zero or Corsodyl’s alcohol free mouthwash. If you cannot get hold of anything of the sort, use saline solution, in other words, rock salt dissolved into warm water.

Note: Avoid using salt water if you have a heart condition or have been warned against salt by your doctor.

All you need to do is swish and gargle your chosen mouthwash for 40 to 60 seconds. Make sure to focus particularly on directing that mouthwash right underneath your tongue so that it can thoroughly cleanse the piercing and jewelry.

You may find it a bit awkward at first getting the mouthwash to cleanse under the tongue but you will get the hang of it, after all you will be doing this multiple times a day for a good few weeks!

You should rinse your mouth when you wake up, before you go to bed and after you eat. This should add up to over 4 or 5 times a day.

Focus on Your Dental Hygiene

ToothbrushIf you’ve ever had an oral piercing before, you will know that it is very important to keep your mouth super clean. You already know which mouthwashes you should be using (if not, see above) and how you should be using them.

This is all well and good, but on top of this you also need to put that little bit of extra effort into making sure those pearly whites are scrumptiously clean.

For a start, get yourself a brand new toothbrush. Aim to buy a soft bristle one as you need to be gentle whilst your piercing is healing.

When you clean your teeth, make sure you reach every tooth and your gums. You should also brush the top of your tongue. This will help to kill off any bacteria which could be breeding and putting your piercing at risk of a nasty infection!

Tongue Web Piercing Aftercare Do’s and Don’ts

Now here comes the part that a lot of people find hard to deal with!

I don’t know how to tell you this but, whilst your piercing heals, there are certain things you should try to avoid. Luckily I have also got a few tips to help you to heal up faster, so don’t hate me too much for telling you this!

First of all, let me tell you what exactly you should bee doing to help your piercing heal up.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your piercing or jewelry.
  • Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth out every time you eat.
  • Keep your mouth as clean as you humanly can.
  • Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise frequently and get plenty of sleep. This will help your body heal itself more efficiently.


  • Drink alcohol, eat spicy foods or overly hot foods.
  • Partake in any long and moist make-out sessions. Having someone else’s saliva in your mouth with while your piercing is trying to heal is not a good idea! (I know it’s harsh. Sorry!)
  • Have oral sex. As in, do not give oral sex to someone else.
  • Fiddle with your jewelry. As tempting as it may be.
  • Smoke anything (cigarettes, marijuana or whatever else you’re into!). If this is something that you simply cannot avoid, may sure you wash your mouth out thoroughly everytime you have a smoke!
  • Talk too much. Talking puts a lot of stress on your tongue web.
  • Share spoons, knives, forks or anything else with others.

Rejection and Migration

Piercing rejection is when your body recognises the body jewelry as a foreign object and attempts to push it out over time. Migration is simply when your piercing moves from its original position, this is a common sign of rejection.

Some other rejection symptoms to watch out for are as follows:

  • Redness and soreness.
  • Piercing appears to have moved
  • Jewelry hangs differently in the skin.

Rejection could be caused by a number of different things but one of the more common ones is that the frenulum is just not big enough to pierce. If this is the case, your piercer should let you know and you should refrain from getting the piercing done. If you are under 18 your frenulum might still bee growing, so you could come back in a couple of years!

Note: Never attempt this piercing yourself at home. It is extremely dangerous due to the close proximity to the saliva glands. Long term damage can be done!

Luckily there are certain precautions you can take to minimise the risk of your tongue web piercing rejecting. For example:

Tongue Web Piercing Jewelry

Titanium Curved Barbell - Tongue Frenulum Jewelry
Click image to purchase a titanium curved barbell for your tongue web piercing!

To prevent your piercing from rejecting, you need to make sure you are wearing the correct jewelry.

Try and avoid cheap metals as they are known to contain nickel. This includes surgical grade stainless steel. Instead you should wear titanium, BioFlex, BioPlast, gold or silver.

Gauge Size

Jewelry of a larger gauge size is less likely to get rejected by your body.

If you have not got your piercing done yet, make sure you ask your piercer to use a larger gauge needle. 16G or even 14G should be perfect.

If your piercing is done already, make sure to wear the largest gauged jewelry you possibly can, without going to mad and stretching the piercing of course!


As you can see, a lot goes into taking care of the tongue frenulum piercing. This piercing really does need babying during the healing period, which varies from person to person but usually lasts between 8 and 10 weeks.

Personally, it is not a piercing I would bother with. I  can’t really see the point in it, what with it being hidden and all. To each their own though, I’m not going to stop anyone else from getting this done.What I would like to say is to be safe and clean and please, please don’t do this piercing at home!

I hope you have learnt something from reading this guide. I put quite a bit of time into it (the things I do for you guys!).

Would you get your tongue frenulum pierced or is this a piercing you will be avoiding? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

Hannah – founder of Pro Piercing Kits.

14 Comments on How to Clean a Tongue Web Piercing: A Complete Guide

  1. Hi there. Although I dislike piercing, I am drawn into the facts and tips to gain knowledge. Large size jewellery is more recommended? Quite interesting.

    Further, I personally do not like to see oral piercing. And, it’s quite off for me when it comes to oral sex when there’s pierce.

    Ultimately, personal care is quite important. Taking care of yourself, specifically mouth, is what matte

    • Glad you learnt a few things from my post Tar. Piercing is not for everyone, I understand that.

      Thanks for reading!


  2. wow this is so different well done I’m sure this niche will appeal to a lot of people Ive been looking at so many other websites today and I’m excited about yours too,its an interesting niche and very specialised and offering the right advise to people looking for piercing information will be a great success best off luck and see you in WA soon Craig

    • Thanks very much Craig! The reason I chose body piercing as my niche is because it is something I am passionate about in life. I feel the need to make sure that people have all the accurate information they could need on this topic.


  3. I think I agree with you about this type of piercing being a bit pointless. Of all the places to get a piercing, underneath the tongue seems too hidden to be worth it. I can understand having the main part of your tongue pierced because people will see that when you talk. But hardly anyone will see the piercing underneath your tongue. Or maybe it’s about the surprise of discovering it when you kiss someone who has one of these piercings?

    • Hey Marcus.

      That is probably the main reason for getting this piercing – the surprise, kind of like with genital piercings. I just think there are too many complications and things that can go wrong to even bother with a piercing like this. I don’t even think my partner would like this piercing if I got it done haha!


  4. I remember getting my tongue piercing.

    As you mentioned, oral care is the most important apect of it. You really must look after it or you may face very ugly consecuences.

    Frenulum piercing was kinda new hype between we body modificators. I haven’t considered having one till now but my friends are quiet exited about it. Thanks for the great and detailed review!!

    • At least you have some experience with oral piercings, so you have a good idea of how much care they require.

      All I would say is that if you or any of your friends do get this piercing, refer back to this post to make sure you are taking all the right steps to heal the piercing up. Also, please get this done by a professional!


  5. Hi Hannah,

    Great post. I used to have a tongue piercing, the kind that goes through the tongue, not underneath the tongue.

    I got it when I was 21 and a few years later I had an issue with migration where it started to split my tongue in half and was very very painful. After that I took it out.

    Hygiene is so important when it comes to tongue piercings. Though sometimes it’s hard to remember to clean it, especially if you’ve become used to it.

    • Hey Ian.

      That sounds very sore, what happened to your tongue piercing!

      The aftercare routine is not all that different from a standard tongue piercing, although the risk of migration and rejection is even higher. Hygiene really is that much more important with oral piercings, the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Not nice at all!


  6. I have view this page as far as I can see the webpage is filled with information but a more brighter background would be good everting thing looks a bit dark also on a few of the pages their seems to be to much going on. What I mean is that on some page everything looks clutter so allowing for more space would be better.

    • Hey Norman. Thanks for your input.

      I kind of like the layout of my site how it is but I will see what I can do to improve it!


  7. Hi Hannah,

    Thanks for the great info about a tongue-web piercing, no I wouldn’t personally bother piercing anywhere not visible either….especially no alcohol, smoking & oral sex for 10 weeks!? No seriously, there seems to be so much to be careful about as far as hygiene is concerned, so I wouldn’t want to try in my mouth.

    I’ve always wondered how you manage to clean especially when you’ve just had it pierced, so I find this page very interesting. Do you know if it hurts more comparing to say, ears?


    • Hi Ray.

      This is not a piercing I would get done myself because of them exact reasons – I would not be able to give up those things for that length of time whilst it heals!

      It hurts quite a bit more than an ear, nose or lip piercing for example. Although I cannot speak from personal experience – this is just what I’ve been told by others who have had it done.

      Thanks for taking interest in my post


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