How Do You Take Out a Tongue Piercing?

The hard decision to take out your tongue piercing needs to be handled correctly to prevent infection. If you are planning on taking out your piercing temporarily, make sure that the hole is completely healed before attempting this process.

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly

    Your hands carry a multitude of germs on them throughout the day, so use an antibacterial cleanser before using them to touch your piercing. This helps prevent any possible infection in the piercing site.

  2. Sanitize your mouth

    Swish 1 to 2 teaspoons of an antiseptic mouthwash in your mouth for at least 30 seconds for maximum effectiveness. This further minimizes possible infection.

  3. Take out the piercing gently

    Stretch your tongue as far as you can, and grab the ball at the top of your piercing. Gently unscrew the ball underneath your tongue. This may sting if this is the first time that you are taking out your piercing. Once the lower ball is disconnected, gently pull up on the piercing to remove it.

  4. Treat for any discomfort

    Depending on how new the piercing is, discomfort around the piercing site is a possibility. Make sure to take an anti-inflammatory if necessary to reduce your pain and discomfort. Apply ice directly to the area to reduce swelling.