Approved Aftercare Guidelines
Buy 20 Ponstan, take 2 now, 2-4 hours later and then every 8 hours after.
An alcohol-free antimicrobial or antibacterial mouth rinse should be used according to package instructions. Two examples are Tech 2000 and Biotene. These may be available in the oral medications section of your local drugstores. Check with your piercing studio; many studios sell those products for your convenience.
Also: Mild sea salt water rinses. Dissolve a pinch (1/4 teaspoon) non-iodized (iodine-free) sea salt to one cup (8 oz.) Warm to hot distilled or bottled water. (Avoid hot water for the first few days). If you have high blood pressure or heart problems, you will need to eliminate the sea salt, and use only plain warm water rinses.
Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with solution (see Cleaning Solutions above) after meals during the entire minimum initial healing time. Do not use more than 4-5 times daily and use it over intervals spaced throughout the entire day. Rinse mouth briefly (10-15seconds) with the mild sea salt mixture (see recipe above) no more than twice a day. If you are cleaning too often, the top of your tongue will start to turn a white to yellowish color. Continue to clean your piercing, but reduce the number of times you are cleaning it per day.
A new soft bristled toothbrush should be purchased, to help reduce the bacteria that is introduced into your mouth.
WHAT IS NORMAL
Swelling at the areas is perfectly normal during the first part of healing an oral piercing. It can be greatly reduced by gently sucking (rather than chewing on ice). Chipped or shaved ice or small cubes are best. The majority of the swelling usually lasts for only 3-5 days.
Any new piercing can bleed off and on for a few days. There can also be some bleeding under the surface resulting in bruising or discoloration. This is perfectly normal and not indicative of any complications.
Some tenderness or discomfort in the area of a new piercing is not unusual. You may feel aching, pinching, tightness or other unpleasant sensations off and on for several days or longer. Don’t be alarmed if you see a fairly liquid, yellowish secretion coming from the piercing. This is blood plasma, lymph and dead cells which is perfectly normal. All healing piercings secrete, it just looks different inside the mouth as it does not have a chance to dry and form a crust as it does on ear or body piercings. This is not pus, but indicates a healing piercing.
Plaque may form on tongue jewelry, commonly on the bottom ball and/or post. Scrub your barbell with a soft bristled toothbrush (gently during healing). If you are diligent with oral hygiene the jewelry will not need to be removed for cleaning, and it can usually be left in even for routine visits to the dentist.
Piercings may have a tendency to have a series of ups and downs during healing by seeming healed and then regressing. Try to be patient, and do keep cleaning during the entire initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.
Each body is unique, and healing times can vary considerably. If you have any questions, please contact your piercer.
Once initial swelling is down, having your piercer replace the post portion of bar style jewelry with a shorter post may be wise. Jewelry which fits more closely is less likely to irritate your mouth or get between your teeth and be bitten.
If you like your piercing, leave jewelry in at all times. Even healed piercings can shrink or close in minutes after having been there for years! This varies from person to person, and even if your ear lobe piercings stay open without jewelry, your oral piercing may not!
Keep following the care procedures during the entire minimum initial healing time, even if the piercing seems healed sooner.
Stay away from hot temperature foods and beverages for a few days.
Do not play with the piercing for the initial healing time beyond the necessary movement for speaking and eating. The mouth withstands a lot of trauma from normal speaking and eating. Try to avoid other disturbances such as excessive talking, actively playing with the jewelry, or clicking the jewelry against your teeth. Undue stress on the piercing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration and other complications.
Even after healing, excessive play with oral jewelry can result in permanent damage to teeth, gums, and oral structures. Metal is harder than the human body; be gentle.
Do not use Lysterine or other mouthwash which contains alcohol. It can irritate the area and delay healing.
Don’t use too many different products; select and use only one cleaning solution (such as Tech 2000 or Biotene) plus sea salt.
ORAL PIERCING HINTS AND TIPS
Some piercers will carry a spare ball in their wallet or purse. This is particularly advisable if you wear non-metallic balls such as acrylic, which is more fragile.
If you break or lose a ball, a small piece of clean pencil eraser can be press-fit onto the post as an emergency measure.
Do not place the barbell between your teeth and/or bite it.
WHAT TO DO
Try to sleep with your head propped up on pillows during the first few nights of healing; keeping your head above your heart will help to avoid much initial overnight swelling.
An over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) taken according to package instructions can reduce discomfort, and it can also help to diminish swelling the first few days.
Check twice daily with clean hands to be sure the threaded ends on your jewelry are on tight. To clean hands, wash them with liquid antibacterial soap. If your hands aren’t freshly washed, don’t touch yourself above the neck during the initial time.
Replace your toothbrush and make sure to keep it clean so that everything that goes into your mouth is hygienic while you are healing.