Oral Piercing Aftercare
The approximate Healing Times for Oral Piercings vary.
• Tongue piercings take from 3 weeks to 3 months to completely heal.
• Lip and Labret piercings take 3 to 6 months to heal completely.
Place 2-3 drops of Gly-Oxide on the inside opening of the piercing. Let the solution remain in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and then spit it out. While the inside is being cleaned with the Gly-
Oxide, use the Ear Care Solution with a Q-Tip to gently swab the outside opening. Crusted matter may not wash off easily but do not worry; it wil eventual y work its way off. Never pick at
“crusties” with your fingernails! You need to clean both the inside and the outside of your piercing 2-3 times daily. Always remember not to move or remove the jewelry. Your piercing wil
heal best if left to move natural y.
Ice To Keep Swelling Down
To bring down swel ing and soothe aching, become best friends with an ice cube! Lots of cold
stuff: popsicles, slushies, ice cream, ect. can greatly reduce swel ing and help with soreness and aches. Swel ing with oral piercings lasts 1-2 weeks. During this time you should be applying cold
as much as possible. (Like anything that swel s, cold is good and heat is bad.) Products with Ibuprofen such as Advil or Aleve can also be used in this area as wel .
Leave Your Piercing Alone
Piercings do best if you leave them alone! Let your piercing move natural y and never play with it.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Always wash your hands with a liquid antibacterial soap (like Dial) before and after you clean or touch your piercing. Never let anyone else touch it!
Never Trade Jewelry
Sharing of bodily fluids can be dangerous and that is exactly what you are doing if you share body jewelry.
Smoking can significantly increase your healing time. You should try to at least cut back during
the initial healing of your new oral piercing.
Do I Have an Infection?
Infections are caused by contact with bacteria, fungi or other living pathogens. Piercing infections can usual y be traced to one of the following activities:
• Oral contact with the piercing• The piercing is touched by unwashed hands
• Al owing body fluids to contact the piercing
I Might Have an Infection. What Should I Do?
While it’s never inappropriate to see your piercing-friendly physician, a cal or visit to your piercer may save you a trip. If possible, visit your piercer and show him or her the piercing. Also
tel him or her about any circumstances which may have led to the possible infection.
Please don’t remove the jewelry! This may aggravate the problem by closing off the
drainage for the matter.
Estimated Initial Healing Times
Everyone heals at a different rate. Listed below are the average times for which you should clean
regularly with Gly-Oxide and treat it like new, healing tissue. Remember that even after the initial healing period, your piercing wil stil need up to a ful year to completely heal (toughen
up). Always treat your piercing with care and gentleness.
• Tongue: 2-3 months• Lip/Lebret/Monroe: 3-6 months
Your piercing was preformed professional y and appropriately. Follow these simple suggestions,
and your healing period should go smoothly. Although not physicians, piercers are available whenever you have questions about aftercare. Please cal us anytime!
Did you know that the mouth is one of the most vascular areas of the body? Due to the
tremendous amount of blood flow to the mucous membrane tissue, oral piercings tend to have a quick healing time. To properly take care of your new oral piercing, read on:
The moment you are pierced, your body natural y sends white blood cel s to the area through
your blood stream. Once the blood cel s arrive, they begin to sew up the damage and create new tissue. Their goal is to solidify the passageway around the jewelry. As this goes on, the cel s and
tissue destroyed during the piercing are discarded from the body. Taking this into consideration, a new piercing may:
• Itch (but don’t scratch)• Bleed slightly for several days
• Secrete a whitish-yel ow fluid which may form a crust on the jewelry. (This is mostly plasma and dead cel s, it’s not puss, don’t pick at it.)
• Swel the tongue or lip. This wil be the most uncomfortable for the first 3-5 days.
Now that you know what to expect from your new oral piercing, you must learn how to properly care for it. The key to a successful piercing is making sure that you don’t interrupt the healing
process. If you follow these simple instructions, your piercing wil look best, feel best and heal best.
What I Need to Clean My Oral Piercing
Gly-Oxide. This is an oral antiseptic used to clean tissue in the mouth. It does not contain
alcohol. Using products that contain alcohol such as Listerine or other popular mouthwashes is not acceptable as these products are much too harsh on your piercing. The new cel s try to heal
your piercing are burned away when using products containing alcohol which wil irritate your piercing as wel as making it take longer to heal. Carbamide Peroxide, which is the main
ingredient in Gly-Oxide, is more of a cleanser than a kil er. This wil help with healthy tissue regeneration.
Gly-Oxide is not meant to be confused with Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen Peroxide is not meant for oral use! Using Hydrogen Peroxide can lead to big trouble when used to heal a piercing.
Oral piercings such as the Labret, Lip and Monroe involve not only cleaning the wet inner tissue
but cleaning of the outer “dry” tissue as wel . For this we suggest Ear Car Solution (Benzalkonium Chloride). Ear Car Solution comes with your piercing and the Gly-Oxide can be purchased at
How To Clean & Care for My New Oral Piercing
2-3 times daily place several drops of Gly-Oxide on both the top and bottom openings of
your piercing. Al ow the Gly-Oxide to gently fizz up in your mouth around the piercing for about
2 to 3 minutes and then spit it out. DO NOT SWALLOW!
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