Oral Piercing Rules While Healing:
No alcohol! For the first few days you must follow this rule, due to increased swelling alcohol will cause embedding.
Check your beads!! I can’t stress this enough! As you’re swelling they will loosen throughout the day so make sure to check them at least twice a day. If the bead keeps popping off that means you’re very swollen and need to upsize your jewelry and you do not want to wait to do this as it will cause problems with the piercing and you may have to take it out all together. Come in and I will adjust your jewelry to fit.
Don’t ‘suck’ on ANYTHING, this causing scarring especially with a tongue piercing. That does include straws and sucking on ice, if you want to cool off the piercing drink ice water instead ice will make you more swollen. Pineapple juice is a natural anti-inflammatory and can also reduce swelling, make sure it is ice cold.
Don’t share ANYTHING - Yes we were all told it's nice to share but not when you’re healing an oral piercing, this does include smokes, bottles and anything like that, most of all this means NO KISSING and no oral sex!
What do I use to clean it?
Oral piercings need much more cleaning then other piercings because you are constantly putting things in your mouth, this means there is more of a chance of something be trapped in the piercing. It is best to do an oral rinse* after every meal, drink or anything ingested. This doesn't mean you must rinse after every bite, but it is important to be rinsing well after finishing every meal or drink.
Smoking is discouraged when healing an oral piercing, but if you must smoke it is important to get an extra clean* right after smoking. This should be the only time you are using mouthwash during the healing period
So yes, if you are a smoker this does mean you should be carrying two bottles around with you all the times. The good news is that you don't have to do this for long! Oral piercings heal much faster than normal piercings so if you are diligent with your cleaning you should only have to be doing it for a month then the piercings are healed enough that regular brushing is enough.
Get a new tooth brush!! The first time you brush your teeth after your piercing should be with a new brush. It is important to make sure there is no bacteria while brushing even if it is your own!
*Mix 590mL of water with 1/2 teaspoon of Non-Iodized Sea Salt
**For an extra clean mix 590mL of water with 3 caps of mouth wash
All healing times are different from person to person but these are general guidelines to when your piercing will no longer require regular attention.
Basic Lip Piercing: 6 - 8 weeks
Monroe & Medusa: 2 - 3 months
Tongue Piercing: 4 - 8 weeks
Smiley & Web: 4 - 8 weeks
You'll notice oral piercings heal faster than most piercings. This has a lot to do with the saliva your mouth produces!