ORAL PIERCING AFTERCARE
Impeccable oral hygiene must be maintained while any piercing inside the mouth is healing, however using a mouthwash that is too strong can damage cells and slow the healing process. Make sure to choose an alcohol-free mouthwash and dilute it 50/50 with distilled or bottled water. Do not touch your piercing without first washing your hands; and leave the jewelry in at all times!
Wash your hands thoroughly.
Swish gently with an alcohol-free mouthwash, diluted 50/50 with bottled water, for 30-60 seconds.
If you wish, you may rinse your mouth with clean, bottled water.
Your jewellery is threaded- check it to make sure it’s still tight!
“Righty tighty, lefty loosey.”
RINSE AFTER MEALS, SNACKS, OR SMOKING
WHAT TO AVOID WHILE HEALING AN ORAL PIERCING
Touching your piercing, except when you are cleaning it.
Oral contact or contact with other people’s body fluids.
Hot and spicy foods, anything that crumbles (like tortilla chips) and excessive consumption of alcohol.
Smoking. If you do smoke, rinse with cold bottled water afterwards.
Chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, and other things that are not food.
Playing with your jewelry; it can cause irreversible damage to teeth and gums.
ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR HEALING AN ORAL PIERCING
Gently suck on ice for the first few days to reduce swelling. (ice lolly if you been good- afterward rinse with bottled water)
The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products such as Ibuprofen can reduce swelling.
Replace your toothbrush with a new one
Be sure to brush your tongue and jewelry (gently) to get rid of plaque build-up.
Come back in for the downsize at the end of your initial healing time. Oral piercings are prone to swell and need extra room for cleaning during the initial healing time. For your safety and comfort, we provide you with jewelry that has some extra length on the bar. Once the swelling goes away, we advise to replace the initial jewelry with a shorter one. Failure to do so, can result in increased chances of tooth damage (chipping, cracking) and gum recession.
Taking a multivitamin containing zinc and vitamin C can boost your body’s healing abilities.
• Remember that stress, poor diet, drug abuse, or illness can cause extended healing times or other difficulties. (Such as your piercing never healing)
If you feel your piercing is infected, contact us or a physician right away! Although we are not doctors, we are happy to give suggestions based on our experience. Keep in mind that some redness, tenderness, swelling, and discharge is normal for a healing piercing, but we advise costumers to consult a health care professional for unexpected redness, tenderness, or swelling at the site, any rash, unexpected drainage from the piercing, or a fever within 24 hours of the body piercing procedure.
And if you still have any doubts.... Come see us!
You can find us at 179 Caledonian Road, N1 0SL.
Happy healing and enjoy your new piercing!