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Oral Piercing Aftercare

Oral piercings need to be cleaned every day, for the entire initial healing period (approx. 6 weeks).
Either use a mild saline solution or an antimicrobial or antibacterial alcohol­free mouth wash.

To make your own saline soluton, dissolve a 1/4 teaspoon of non­iodized sea salt into one cup (8 oz.) of warm or hot water in a clean cup. Distilled or bottled water is best. A stronger solution is not better; a saline solution that is too strong can irritate your piercing.

Cleaning instructions for inside the mouth:

  • ­ Rinse mouth with cleaning solution for 30 seconds after meals, and smoking, and before bedtime (4­5 times daily) during the entire healing period. Cleaning too often or with too strong a rinse can cause discolouration and irritation of your mouth and piercing.

Cleaning instructions for exterior of labret (cheek and lip piercings):

  • Soak in saline solution.
  • Before cleanings wash hands thoroughly with liquid antibacterial soap and hot water.
  • Never touch your new piercing without washing your hands first!
  • Saline: Soak for 5 to 10 minutes twice a day. Invert a shot glass of warm saline solution over your piercing to form a vacuum. For certain piercings it may be easier to apply using clean gauze or cotton balls saturated with saline solution. Rinse afterward to remove and residue.
  • ­It is not necessary to rotate the jewelry through the piercing. 
  • Gently pat dry using clean, disposable paper products.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to keep your new piercing healthy. Make sure to brush your teeth and use your chosen rinse, saline or mouthwash, after every meal. Use a new soft­bristled toothbrush and store it in a clean area away from other toothbrushes. During healing floss daily and gently brush your teeth, tongue and jewelry. Once healed, brush the jewelry more thoroughly to avoid plaque build up.


What to do to help reduce swelling:

  • ­Allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth.
  • Take an over the counter, non­steroidal anti­inflammatory such as ibuprofen according to package instructions.
  • Don't speak or move your jewelry more than necessary.
  • Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights.

Please try to be patient! Each body is unique, and healing times can vary. A piercing may seem healed before the healing process is complete. This is because tissue heals from the outside in, and although it feels fine, the interior remains fragile. Keep cleaning for the entire healing period.

If your piercing is tender or secreting you should continue the care regimen, even if it is past the stated average healing time range.

What to avoid during healing:

  • Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration and other complications.
  • Avoid oral sexual contact including kissing and oral sex during healing (even with a long term partner).
  • Avoid chewing on tobacco, gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses and other foreign objects that could harbour bacteria.
  • Avoid sharing cups, plates, and eating utensils.
  • Avoid smoking!!! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.
  • Avoid aspirin, alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling.
  • Avoid submerging healing piercings in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc..

If you have any questions during or after the healing process please do not hesitate to call Claire at 902 405­ 7080.