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After a tongue piercing, an individual should wait until the tongue has completely healed before changing the initial ring. Depending on the person, it can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months for a new tongue piercing to completely heal.


Change the tongue ring in a new tongue piercing after the swelling has gone down and does not return, according to About.com. This normally takes about four weeks.


In most cases, a swallowed tongue ring passes from the body via a bowel movement without incident. A tongue ring typically is designed in two parts, including a blunt component in the shape of a ball and a sharper post onto which the ball is attached.


A tongue barbell that is too short could cause the jewelry to embed itself in the tongue. This is especially true in new tongue piercings. Jewelry that is too short also has a tendency to cause pain and swelling.


The tongue's main function is to help people eat. It promotes the sucking mechanism and helps transform solid foods into a substance that is easily swallowed. It also helps people determine flavors and tastes because of its rich supply of taste buds.


According to historical excavation and analysis, jewelry was first invented by the Cro-Magnons, early ancestors of modern day Homo sapiens who lived in Europe and Africa. Beads made from nassarius shells over 100,000 years old are considered to be the earliest form of jewelry.


Excess bacteria or growth of yeast in the mouth causes black hairy tongue, according to WebMD. Papillae are very small, rounded pinkish-white projections on the tongue's surface. When bacteria builds up on papillae, they grow long, absorb pigment from food and other sources, and turn black.


Black tongue, also known as black hairy tongue, is a condition where dead skin cells accumulate in unusually long tongue projections, known as papillae, and are stained dark by food, tobacco or other substances, explains Mayo clinic. Despite its strange appearance, black tongue is usually a harmless


The average human tongue is 4 inches long. Approximately one-third of this length is located at the back of the throat and is attached to the hyoid bone. This part of the tongue is called the posterior section. The rest of the tongue at the front of the mouth is called the anterior tongue area.


Ear wrap jewelry is a type of ornament worn on the pinna of the ear. A piece of ear wrap jewelry can be a simple horseshoe design that is clipped on the helix or a more elaborate piece that runs along the entire length of the outer ear's cartilage.