Oral Piercing Aftercare
When you get an oral piercing, there are extra steps that you must take in order to ensure that your piercing heals correctly. If you have gotten a labret piercing of any sort, please also refer to the Body Piercing Aftercare Instructions. Those will be able to tell you how to care for the outside of the piercing. Since you also have to heal the inner part of your piercing as well, there are a few more recommendations that we have.
Use an anti-microbial, sugar free, alcohol free mouthwash to clean your piercing. We suggest Biotine. Avoid using any mouthwash containing alcohol, as it will not only burn but it will kill the new skins cells growing in the area.
How To Clean Your Piercing
Interior: Throughout the course of your day, you want to make sure that you rinse the inside of your mouth out with your mouthwash at least 4-5 times a day. Additionally, any time that you put something in your mouth that isn’t bottled water or mouthwash, you should add an additional rinse. Swish the mouthwash around for thirty seconds or more to ensure a nice deep clean.
Exterior: Follow the instructions given to you verbally by your piercer as well as those listed on your Body Piercing Aftercare Instruction sheet.
We recommend picking up a new, clean toothbrush on your way home as well. The one you currently have in your bathroom has germs and bacteria on it and that’s not good for your piercing. Store your new toothbrush away from others that may also be in your bathroom.
What Is Normal
- Swelling in the area as well as light bleeding, bruising, or tenderness in the area is completely normal after getting your new piercing.
- After the first three to five days, swelling usually decreases and there may be a light secretion of whitish yellow fluid (not pus).
- As the swelling decreases, you will be able to see more of the barbell exposed. Since oral piercings swell much more than other piercings, this extra length is needed to give the piercing the room it needs. We recommend coming back to the shop in no less than two but no more than three weeks and we will be able to sell you a smaller post as well as gently install it for you.
How To Help Swelling
- Keeping the temperature of your mouth nice and cold will help to keep swelling down. Ice chips are perfect for this.
- Avoid moving the jewelry as much as possible. This means don’t play with it and move your mouth carefully while speaking. Excessive movement in the area can cause irritation and more swelling. This can also cause additional scarring later in the healing period so it’s very important to avoid playing with the jewelry while your piercing is healing.
- Add an additional pillow under your head at night. This will keep too much blood from pumping to the new piercing and will potentially help keep the swelling minimal.
Oral Piercing Tips And Hints
- Downsizing is important. After no less than two but no more than three weeks, come back to the shop so that we can sell you a shorter piece of jewelry and change it out gently for you. Do not attempt to do this yourself. If you have questions about this process, contact your piercer.
- With clean hands, occasionally check threaded jewelry to ensure that the ends are on tightly and you are not in danger of losing the piece.
- It can sometimes be a good idea to carry around a spare top to your jewelry, in case an accident happens while you’re out and about.
- Avoid eating spicy or acidic foods as well as hot drinks for the first few days of healing. Anything that might not feel good in a cut might not feel good in your fresh piercing.
- Avoid sticky foods like oatmeal or mashed potatoes, as they can stick to jewelry and make things difficult.
- For tongue piercings, keep your tongue level with your mouth to avoid closing your teeth down on the titanium.
- For labret piercings, do not open your mouth too wide while eating as the jewelry can get stuck of your teeth.
- If you are going for a procedure, contact your piercer about what options are available for non metallic jewelry.
- If you no longer want your piercing, remove the jewelry with clean hands (or have a professional do it for you) and continue to clean the piercing channel until it fully closes.
- If you suspect an infection, do not remove your jewelry. Come in to the shop to the shop to see a piercer as soon as you can.
- Remember that every body is different and handles the healing process in it’s own way. If you have any questions throughout healing, please contact your piercer.
What To Avoid
- Avoid undue trauma. Lots of talking or playing with jewelry while healing can cause negative effects once your healing is more established.
- Avoid any oral sexual contact (including wet kissing) or oral sex. This applies even if you have been with your partner for an extended period of time.
- Avoid chewing tobacco, gum, biting your fingernails, pencils, or other foreign objects that you might put in your mouth that harbor bacteria and germs.
- Do not share cups, plates, or utensils.
- Avoid smoking anything if possible. If you must smoke, be dilligent about using mouthwash, as any kind of smoke coats the inside of your mouth with chemicals that you don’t want in your piercing.