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Oral Piercing Aftercare   


Once you leave the piercing studio the care of your new piercing becomes and is your responsibility.  The quality of your piercing will be affected by the aftercare you use and your care of the area during the healing process.  If you have any problems with your piercing DO NOT REMOVE JEWELRY and come in as soon as possible!


Some ways to reduce swelling: 

  • Allow ice to melt in your mouth. 

  • Try to limit talking. 

  • Ibuprofen, if you are not allergic, according to recommended dosage.  

  • Elevate your head while sleeping.

Some things to avoid or reduce: 

  • Playing with your jewelry as it can cause damage to your teeth, gums and oral structures.

  • Spicy or hot temperature foods as it can irritate the piercing

  • Smoking which can increase healing times.

  • Oral sexual contact even with a long term partner.

  • Alcohol and large amounts of caffeine while the piercing is swollen and or bleeding.

Cleaning Solutions:

  • Alcohol-free mouth rinse: alcohol mouth rinse can irritate the piercing and delay healing.

  • Saline Solution: helps maintain balance and promotes quick healing.  Sterile wound wash saline can be purchased at the shop and comes in a pressurized can.  Do not use antibiotic saline, contact cleaning solutions or enzyme solutions.

  • Q-Tips: helps to clean under jewelry and in difficult and tight spots.


Cleaning Instructions for inside the mouth


The ideal way to care for a piercing that is located in the mouth is continue a regular healthy brushing schedule.  If you brush three times a day then continue to do so.  If you brush twice a day then continue to do so.  If you regularly use mouth rinse then please continue to do so as long as it is alcohol-free.  There is a gentle balance within a mouth and introducing unnecessary cleaning solutions can throw off that balance and negatively affect the healing of your piercing.


Cleaning Instructions for exterior of piercing


Make sure to wash your hands before cleaning or touching the area around your piercing.  Take a Q-Tip and spray one side with the wound wash saline.  Clean one side of the piercing and remember to get underneath any beads or gems.  Make sure not to take a dirty Q-Tip and touch the nozzle of the wound wash saline.  Spray wound wash saline on the other side of the Q-Tip and clean the inside or other side of the piercing.  It is better to do a cleaning after a shower then before as to clean any soap residue or fragrance from body washes from your piercing. 




  • Begin using a brand new toothbrush.

  • Lightly brush your tongue and the jewelry.

  • Check the beads regularly to make sure they are tight.

  • Drink a large glass of water before and after bed to minimize dehydration which could lead to swelling.

  • Carry a bottle of water for the first 2 weeks to rinse after any eating, drinking or smoking.


Most importantly, REMEMBER to downsize the jewelry to a shorter size after the swelling has subsided.  This is essential to avoid damage and wear on your gums and teeth.


If you have any questions or concerns please call or email us.  If it is Sunday, Monday, or we are closed please send us an email.

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