Caring for an Oral Piercing

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Cleaning Instructions by Piercing Type

  • Oral Piercings: Every time you “eat” or “drink” (besides water), “smoke anything,” “kiss,” “or put anything in your mouth”: you should rinse with (NON-ALCOHOL) Mouthwash. You can use Listerine, BUT use 1/2 Listerine, 1/2 Water in a clean glass cup. Brush teeth regularly.
  • Labret, Snake Bites, Monroe, and Dimples Piercings: as mentioned above, but also clean around the ball on outside with Bactine or Saline Solution on clean Q-Tip.
  • All Other Piercings: Clean around the ball with Bactine or Saline Solution in clean Q-Tip. AVOID USING FINGERS!
  • First week: Twice a day. Second week: Once a day. Third week”: Every other day

Approximate Healing Time

Please make note that everyone heals at a different rate, the healing time below refers to a standard healing time for those specific piercings.

  • Cheek: 2 – 3 months
  • Cartilage: 2 months – 1 year
  • Earlobe: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Eyebrow: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Genitals: 4 weeks – 6 months
  • Labret: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Lip: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Navel: 6 months – 1 year
  • Nipple: 2 – 6 months
  • Nostril: 2 months – 1 year
  • Septum: 6 – 8 weeks
  • Tongue: 4 – 6 weeks
    • Reduce pain and swelling: Ice combined with IB Profin will help alleviate pain and swelling- IB Profin should be used as directed on bottle.
    • Before caring for your piercing: Always wash your hands before cleaning or handling your new piercing.
    • Clean piercing regularly: The piercing should be cleaned 2-4 times a day – We suggest using unscented antibacterial soap, Epson Salt dissolved in warm water, saline solution, or we have several aftercare products available for purchase. (Do NOT use – Neosporin, Vaseline, Alcohol, or Peroxide).
    • Check jewelry daily: While cleaning your piercing, you should check that jewelry is secure as well as slightly rotate the piercing. (Only rotate when piercing area is wet, never dry)
    • Avoid overly touching the piercing: Never play with your piercing jewelry or touch it with unwashed hands – this can cause irritation or infection.
    • Avoid swimming while it is healing: Pools, lakes and, oceans; typically 4-6 weeks
    • Changing your jewelry: You should wait at least 2 weeks before your Jewelry is changed out, this should be done by a professional piercer the first time. We are available to change the jewelry for you.

Should I change Out My Piercing Jewelry?

  • The frequency with which you should change your piercing jewelry depends on several factors, including the type of piercing you have, the material of your jewelry, and how well you care for your piercing. Here are some general guidelines:

    1. Healing period: You should wait until your piercing is fully healed before changing your jewelry. The healing time varies depending on the piercing, but it usually takes between 6 to 12 weeks. Changing your jewelry too soon can irritate the piercing and prolong the healing process.

    2. Material: The material of your jewelry can affect how often you should change it. For example, if you have a metal allergy or sensitivity, you may need to change your jewelry more frequently. You may also need to change your jewelry if it becomes tarnished or discolored.

    3. Activity level: If you are very active or participate in sports, you may need to change your jewelry more frequently to avoid damage or injury to your piercing. Additionally, if you work in an environment with a lot of dirt, dust, or chemicals, you may need to change your jewelry more often to avoid infection.

    4. Signs of irritation: If you notice any signs of irritation, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, you should consider changing your jewelry. This may indicate an allergic reaction or infection.

    5. Personal preference: Some people like to change their jewelry frequently to switch up their style, while others prefer to keep the same jewelry in for longer periods.

    In general, it’s recommended to change your piercing jewelry every 3-6 months if your piercing is fully healed and you’re not experiencing any issues. However, if you notice any signs of irritation or discomfort, you should consider changing your jewelry sooner.