ORAL PIERCINGS (special considerations)
Initially, you’ll likely have a slightly longer piece of jewelry placed in your piercing to allow room for potential swelling as oral piercing tend to swell a bit more than others. It’s absolutely imperative that you stop in to see your piercer after a few weeks to get fitted with slightly shorter jewelry as the swelling subsides. This will prevent you from snagging the excess length on your teeth, clothing, etc. and prevent gum and tooth erosion.
Additionally, if your piercing swells up more than anticipated, you may go see your piercer and get fitted with longer jewelry until the swelling goes back down. During the first 2-4 weeks or so the swelling may go up and down a bit so you must keep an eye on it and stop in for follow-up consultations as needed.
Rinse with clean cold water after eating/drinking while healing any oral piercing.
Avoid sucking on straws, smoking cigarettes, and chewing gum.
Eat small bite sized food and chew slowly for the first month.
Don’t use any harsh mouthwash. Anything that burns is bad!
Invest in a nice electric toothbrush and gently brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily
to remove any plaque/food and rinse with cold clean water when you’re done brushing.
Use little to no toothpaste on your toothbrush for the first 6weeks of healing an oral piercing. This will
keep the harsh abrasive chemicals in the toothpaste from getting into your new piercing and causing irritation.
Keeping your head elevated will absolutely aid in keeping the swelling down so pack an extra pillow or 2 under your head while sleeping for the first few weeks while swelling is more likely to happen.
If you wish, you could also take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen or Aleve for the first few days after you have the piercing done. Just follow the instructions on the bottle. There’s no need to overdo it!