I haven't posted around here often because I'm not that into modifying my body. I'm an 18 year old male, and I have my upper cartlidge pierced on the left ear, and had both lobes done, but took them out. I've been considering getting my tounge pierced but I'm curious to know about the healing process and side affects, i.e. food getting stuck under the piercing and a lisp. I decided that I'd like one of those acrylic, plastic balls so that my teeth don't get chipped up. I've read through a few threads on here, and basically the reason I want it is to have something to play with. I'm orally fixated, I love chewing on random things, I don't know why (btw, I'm straight). Is there anything that needs to be done to keep the piercing clean after it's been done? How much time will it take to heal and how much pain will I be in? I know that even 3 months after i had my cartlidge done, if I slept on my left side my ear would be pretty sore in the morning, but it was more of an annoyance than anything else. What else can you tell me about getting this done? Let me know, thanks! Edit: by the way, sorry for my misspelling of 'Tongue'