Oral Aftercare

 

  • For oral piercings, you want to use an all-natural, alcohol-free mouthwash inside your mouth at least 3 times a day.

  • We typically suggest in the morning, in the evening, and after every major meal.

  • Rinses should last about 30 seconds. You can do a sterile saline rinse after your mouthwash rinse as well.

  • For lip piercings, you'll need to follow aftercare instructions for standard body piercings on the outside and oral aftercare for the inside of the mouth.

  • After you eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth, rinse your mouth with distilled or purified water. 

  • DO NOT use mouthwash containing alcohol. 

  • Remeber to wash your hands prior to touching your lip piercing for any reason.

  • We suggest you get a new, soft-bristled toothbrush after your new piercing.

  • You want to maintain a daily brushing routine and floss regularly to maintain good oral health. Brush your teeth, tongue, and lightly brush your jewelry while healing. ​

  • Remember to eat slow, speak carefully, and try to not bump or jar your jewelry unnecessarily. 

  • For the first three to five days: significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness is normal. 

  • You may have noticeable swelling for up to 4 weeks.

  • We suggest downsizing most oral piercing jewelry after about 3 weeks.

  • Allowing ice chips to dissolve in your mouth can help reduce swelling and discomfort. 

  • Taking an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium according to package instructions can be helpful during the healing process, but we are not doctors and cannot suggest or tell you to take any medication. 

  • Sleeping with your head elevated above your heart can help reduce swelling and discomfort during the first few days.

  • A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because they heal from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the tissue remains fragile on the inside. Be patient, and keep cleaning throughout the entire healing period.

  • Never remove your jewelry during the healing period. We offer retainers that can be worn on a daily basis and during medical procedures. 

  • Cut your food into small bites and chew carefully. 
    Avoid spicy foods, sticky foods, or foods with a lot of spice for a few days. 


  • Cold foods and beverages are soothing and help reduce swelling.

  What To Avoid:

  • Do not play with your jewelry, as this can cause permanent damage to teeth, gums, and other oral structures. 4
    Avoid coming into contact with bodily fluids other than your own. This means no oral sex or open mouth kissing during the initial healing time.

  • Avoid chewing tobacco.

  • Avoid smoking as much as possible and rinse your mouth with water after you smoke or vape. 

  • Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils. Ask for disposable utensils at restaurants when possible. 

  • Avoid submerging healing piercings in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.​

  • Avoid excessive mounts of milk and dairy products during the healing period.

Each body is unique and healing times vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.

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Charlotte, NC