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Oral Aftercare

Oral Piercing Aftercare

This information is only for the treatment of the inside of the mouth. For all lip area and cheek piercings, since they have a portion exposed outside the mouth, you must see the Standard Aftercare page for additional information on care for that part of the piercing.

It is important to know that any piercing inside the mouth could potentially cause damage to teeth or gums. We will place it appropriately for your anatomy, but there is never a guarantee that you will not bite the jewelry or have it put too much pressure on your gums. To prevent these problems, you must ensure you attend your free follow up appointments and downsize the jewelry when advised to by the piercer.

Products Required

Inside the mouth – new toothbrush, toothpaste, tongue scraper (if possible)
Internal/external piercings (lip area, cheek) – products listed above and products listed on the Standard Aftercare page.

What You Must Do

  • Brush your teeth and tongue twice daily. If you have a tongue scraper, we
    recommend that you use this twice daily before brushing.
  • Try to restrict alcohol intake during the healing period. Excessive alcohol could affect your immune system.
  • Exercise caution with any contact involving the mouth with another person, kissing or sexual, as you have an open wound and are more susceptible to disease, infection, and irritation.
  • For tongue piercings, you can roll crushed ice (not cubes) over your tongue for the first three or four days to help with the inflammation.
  • Once the time of the initial swelling is finished (as directed by your piercer) it is necessary to change your jewelry to a smaller size so as not to injure or damage your teeth.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Talk slowly.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Tongue piercings – place food directly on your teeth (molars) to chew it as you will find your tongue may not function properly to move the food during the first few days.
  • Tongue piercings – eat softer foods.

What You Must Not Do

  • Do not use alcohol-based mouthwash.
  • Do not use alcohol-free mouthwash excessively. If you use mouthwash daily as part of your regular routine, only use it at those 2 times when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Excessive use of alcohol-free mouthwash could slow down the work of the good bacteria in your mouth.
  • Do not play with the jewelry with your tongue or move the jewelry around.
  • Do not share drinks with friends.