Oral Piercing Aftercare


  • Anti-microbial or anti bacterial alcohol-free mouth rinse (such a Biotene)
  • Crushed Ice
  • Ibuprofen

Rinse mouth 4-5 times daily with cleaning solution for 30-60 seconds after meals and at bedtime during the entire healing period. If you over clean, it may cause discoloration or irritation of tongue.

For the first three to five days expect significant swelling, light bleeding, bruising, and/or tenderness. After that expect some swelling, light secretion of a whitish yellow fluid (not pus). To reduce swelling, allow small pieces of ice to dissolve in the mouth. Take an over the counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen, according to package instructions. Sleep with your head elevated above your heart during the first few nights. Avoid excessive talking or eating hard foods for the first 4 to 5 days!

When keeping up with oral hygiene, be sure to use a new clean toothbrush. Brush your teeth and use your selected mouthwash after every meal. Remember to rinse with mouthwash after everything but bottled water.

Refrain from drinking alcohol (no excuses) for the duration of the healing time. Avoid chewing on gum, tobacco, fingernails, or any other objects that can harbor bacteria.


Oral piercing healing time varies anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks when properly cared for. If you received a piercing that is not solely an oral piercing, refer to the general aftercare instructions to clean the outside of the piercing.

You can contact us at anytime during normal business hours with questions on aftercare!

At the first sign of infection contact your physician.