Tongue Web Piercing also known as Tongue Frenulum Piercing is yet another oral piercing to add to the collection. Compared to the common tongue piercing this is a much less invasive or painful piercing. To understand why we need to look at the Frenulum and understand the anatomy of the piercing.
The Frenulum is the webbing underneath the tongue that connects the underside of your tongue to the floor of your mouth. The original purpose of this webbing was to insure the growth of the tongue would continue to progress forward in the mouth. After birth the tongue continues to grow extend past this point. The webbing by itself is a thin and carries very little blood vessels so bleeding after a piercing will be little to none.
Caution needs to be taken when this piercing is administered. Joining at the bottom of the webbing are two glands that look like the end of some hoses or tubular structures. These glands serve the purpose of delivering saliva to the mouth. Saliva is used to help keep the mouth moist and to serve as a lubricant and pre-digestive fluid for food. If the glands are hit during the piercing process there will be an increased pain and you may cause permanent damage to the glands. In some cases the glands will shut down or become blocked. It is recommended to use an experienced piercer for this procedure. There are some that have recorded doing this procedure on their own. However the risk is not worth saving a few dollars.
Aftercare of the tongue web piercing is the same as the regular tongue piercing. Make sure to keep the mouth free of food after eating. Keep the mouthwash alcohol content low. Periodical rotate the piercing. Healing time depends greatly on the individual which can be anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks. Remember to stay away from smoking, drinking and other oral activities during this time.