A solid aftercare routine is important for a healthy and happy piercing. This aftercare guide will explain exactly how to best take care of your new piercing! Our goal is to equip you with the best service, jewelry, and information to enjoy the most successful piercings.
Removals, installations of our jewelry, consultations, and questions are all free of charge! We are here to assist you. Your body is complex and it’s our job to guide you through your piercing journey in the safest, most comfortable way possible.
If you require any of these services please give us a call so we can arrange a time that works best for you.
The first step is cleaning.
We define cleaning as the physical act of cleaning our piercing, our jewelry and any surrounding skin. We do this after we clean the rest of ourselves, in the shower!
Ensure your hands are freshly washed before all aftercare!
Take a pea sized amount of soap and lather in your freshly cleaned hands. You can then gently wash the outside area (if any) of your new oral piercing, being careful not to move or twist your jewelry or to force soap inside the mouth or wound itself.
This should be the last step in your shower after washing your hair and body, using this step to remove any leftover residues.
Remember to take great care to thoroughly rinse off the soap, and to dry well after cleaning using gauze or paper towel.
We recommend using Pursan soap (which is available in studio). If you misplace the soap, then use any Glycerin-based medical grade soap with no dyes, fragrances, or triclosan as these can damage cells and prolong healing.
NOTE: No bar soaps.
The next step in our aftercare dream routine is irrigation.
Irrigation is the way we rinse off the daily crusties that form on the back and front of our new piercing. These are a normal byproduct of our bodies, but we want to avoid build-up which can slow healing and/or cause complications. Be sure not to remove scabbing, which you can identify by it being secured to the site of the wound and painful to remove.
We irrigate oral piercings by rinsing with wither cool running water, packaged saline solution (additive-free) or alcohol-free mouthwash.
Simply rinse or soak the piercing for a few minutes then wipe away any crusties or debris with gauze or paper towel. This includes the backs of the jewelry and any settings or prongs. You should rinse your oral piercings after every meal, smoke, every beverage that isn’t water and before bed during your regular tooth brushing routine.
Things To Avoid!
Moving, touching or spinning your new piercing.
Movement will prolong healing and will irritate your piercing. You should never touch or spin your piercings.
Dairy, spicy, acidic or salty foods or foods very hot in temperature.
These types of food will likely cause pain and irritation and can increase swelling in an already very swollen area. These types of food should be avoided for the first two weeks.
Over cleaning your new piercing or using alcohol- based mouthwash.
Cleaning too often or using alcohol based mouthwashe can disrupt the saliva’s natural healing properties, slowing down healing and prolonging pain and swelling. Rinsing after meals and after consuming non-clear fluids with an alcohol-free mouthwash or packaged saline is plenty.
It’s also important to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine. A new, soft bristled toothbrush is recommended to minimize bacteria transfer. If you have any questions about this, please contact your piercer. We would be happy to go through it with you.
Submerging your piercing in pools, lakes, and other bodies of water.
Bodies of fresh and salt water have entire ecosystems inside of them as well as all the bacteria that comes with it. Understandably, using this water to clean a wound is not advised. Chlorine pools also contain multiple forms of bacteria from their multiple users and chemicals. You increase your risk of infection dramatically if you swim before your piercing is healed.
Using non-recommended aftercare or home-remedies.
Products such as tea tree oil, aspirin, peroxide, bactine or cleaners that contain Benzalkonium Chloride (BZK) or triclosan seriously damage the cells. They prolong healing and are the number one cause of complications in piercings. If it’s not recommended by your piercer, do not put it anywhere near your piercing.
Chemicals or cosmetics on the piercing site.
Chemicals from cleaners, make-up and lotion contain many ingredients not suitable for a healing wound. They can also spread bacteria to your skin and in turn to your products. You should avoid using cosmetics on your piercing site until it’s healed.
If you are a smoker, smoking may be difficult to avoid entirely. Attempt to cut down and rinse with mouthwash after each smoke.