Oral Body Piercing Healing and Aftercare Information

The professional body piercers of the Tribalectic Body Piercing Community compiled these body piercing aftercare suggestions. Our proTribe piercers are the most innovative, educated and experienced professional body piercers and aftercare experts in the body piercing industry, and they have amassed these general guidelines to help you heal your new body piercing. Please keep in mind that these suggestions are only recommendations, and there are countless philosophies of piercing aftercare that may all prove successful in their own right. Also, be sure to consider that everyone’s body is different, and many factors can contribute to the healing process of a body piercing, including but not limited to the placement of the piercing, the process of the procedure, environmental and outside factors, and the health of your skin and body. Please remember that these guidelines are merely suggestions, and they should not be construed as infallible or magical. If you have any problems or signs of the onset of an infection or delayed or unsuccessful healing, be sure to consult your professional piercer or personal physician.

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Gently sip iced water for 3-5 days after your piercing to help reduce swelling.
  3. Rinse with a NON-IODIZED sea salt solution (1/4 tsp salt mixed with 8oz (1cup)water, or 4 teaspoons salt per 1 gallon of water) every time anything other than water goes into your mouth, for the duration of the healing period. NOTE: Some Piercers suggest rinsing with clean water for the most part while using salt-water only a couple times per day.
  4. Check barbell balls for tightness. Remember, righty-tighty, lefty-loosy. Be sure to wash your hands first.
  5. Get a new toothbrush because an old one will harbor excessive bacteria.
  6. Gently brush exposed portions of your jewelry including accessory ends and crevices to avoid plaque buildup.
  7. If you choose to use mouthwash, be sure that it is alcohol free antimicrobial rinse such as Tech2000. Do not use mouth wash more than 2-3 times per day.
  8. Contact your professional piercer or your doctor if you have any problems, questions or concerns.

DO NOT touch your new piercing without washing your hands.
DO NOT use Listerine, Gly-Oxide, or other harsh or alcohol based mouthwashes.
DO NOT rotate or otherwise force your jewelry to move during healing period.
DO NOT engage in open mouthed kissing or unprotected oral sex during healing period.
DO NOT eat spicy or hot foods whenever possible.

BE SURE TO contact your piercing and/or medical professional at the first sign of infection.