|These care instructions apply for all piercings
inside the mouth. This includes:
- Tongue (6-8 weeks)
- Labrette [Lip] (6-10 weeks)
- Madonna [Upper Lip] (6-10 weeks)
- Cheek (8-10 weeks)
- Tongue Web [Frenulum] (8-10 weeks)
Body piercings at Tattoos by Lou are always performed
in a clean environment with brand new jewelry and needles and sterilized
equipment by a skilled, knowledgeable professional piercer. When
you leave the studio however, the responsibility for the care of
your new piercing rests with you. With all new piercings the most
crucial time to give attention to aftercare is the first month but
your piercing will heal best if you continue to care for it for
at least the minimum times we suggest. The purpose of aftercare
and cleaning is to remove any matter or discharge that collects
on the jewelry and prevent harmful bacteria from collecting in the
area of a fresh piercing. In the case of oral piercings, infection
or irritation generally is a result of neglecting to continue aftercare
for an adequate amount of time. The warm, moist environment of the
mouth is an ideal place for bacteria to reproduce. Typically, most
oral piercings show rapid signs of healing and this can deceive
some people into thinking that they no longer have to care for their
piercing. This is this time when problems invariably arise. Although
a piercing may look healed to the untrained eye, it is important
to keep up your cleanings for the entire duration of time that is
reccommended. And, as always, dirty hands are one of the most common
ways that irritants and infectious agents can be introduced to a
fresh piercing. It might sound off-the-wall but people actually
touch their tongue and lip piercings all the time for no reason.
If you aren't cleaning your piercing then Keep Your Hands
Off Of It.
The best way to ensure that your piercing heals
as quickly as it can is to keep your body healthy. When your body
is trying to heal a new piercing it needs you to take care of yourself.
A healthy diet, regular sleep, and moderation with alcoholic beverages
during healing can make a great difference. A daily multi-vitamin
helps to improve the progress of a new piercing and many people
also find that an additional zinc or Vitamin C supplement will speed
the healing process further.
Many people are concerned about being able to eat
normally after getting an oral piercing. The guidelines to follow
are simple. Listen to your body: if eating a particular food bothers
you then avoid it in the beginning; however, if it does not than
feel free to enjoy any food you wish. Oral piercings though are
known to show some swelling and, therefore, it is best not to have
food or beverage that is very hot in temperature. Heat will make
blood flow to the piercing area more and thereby increase the amount
of swelling. If you let your food cool a bit first then this will
not be a problem. Overall, as stated earlier, a healthy body heals
fastest. So don't starve yourself waiting for an oral piercing to
heal--regular nourishment will help your body to achieve a successful,
well-healed piercing faster.
- The care of an oral piercing is simple and basically
involves a frequent rinsing of the mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash.
We generally reccommend purchasing Listerine antiseptic mouthwash
and Gly-Oxide for care of these piercings.
- Since Listerine has a high alcohol content,
it tends to have a stinging sensation. To avoid the discomfort
from heavy use, it can be diluted 1:1 with water to make it more
- In the first two weeks it is suggested to rinse
the mouth with Listerine every three to four hours.
- It is also necessary to use the Listerine for
the first six weeks after every time that the piercee eats, drinks,
- The Gly-Oxide is to be used twice a day (typically
before bedtime and after waking) directly on the surface of the
- A few drops should be placed at the point where
the jewelry meets the skin. (For lip or cheek piercings, this
is necessary only for the inside of the mouth.) The Gly-Oxide
will bubble or foam and should be allowed to remain for 20-30
- In the case of threaded jewelry, such as tongue
barbells or a circular barbell in the lip, it is best to periodically
check the tightness of the jewelry. Cleaning products can sometimes
loosen the screw thread of a bead and this will prevent you from
losing or, perhaps, swallowing it.
- Lastly, piercees with a fresh oral piercing
must avoid all oral contact for the duration of the aftercare
period. This includes open mouth kissing and oral sex.
- Be patient!
- If difficulties occur in the healing of your
piercing or if you have any unanswered questions, please do not
hesitate to contact
(Note: Labrette, Lip, or Cheek piercees must also
follow directions for "Facial Piercings" concerning the care of
the outisde of their piercings.)