41 W Ferguson Wood River, IL
Cheek, Labret & Lip Piercings
Healing Time: Typical 2 months, Maximum 6 months
Avoid putting anything dirty in your mouth and refrain from kissing and oral sex till the piercing is healed
Cold foods are best at first (e.g. ice-cream)
Don’t play with the piercing excessively, let it heal
Never leave your jewelry out for more than a few hours - the inside of the piercing may close
Take vitamin C and zinc to maximize your healing
To minimize swelling in the first few days, suck on ice-cubes and antibacterial/anti-inflammatory throat lozenges, and try not to talk too much
Wait 2 months before changing jewelry yourself
The inside of the mouth has an excellent blood supply so expect some blood in your mouth during and just after the procedure.
You will experience some soreness for the first day or so. Paracetamol Tylenol is an appropriate pain-reliever. Do not use aspirin as it promotes bleeding.
Suck on ice or Popsicle’s to help reduce the swelling, which will inevitably occur over the next few days.
Days 2 - 7
At this stage it will be difficult to talk and eat. It is important to maintain your food intake during the healing period. Cold foods are better tolerated than hot foods. High-calorie foods (e.g. milkshakes, ice cream) will keep up your energy levels – if you do not eat enough, the healing process may be delayed. You should avoid anything spicy or hot.
2. Mouth washing
Rinse your mouth with salty water as often as you like. The correct proportion is 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt to 8 ounces (250mls) of bottled water.
Try sucking antibacterial/anti-inflammatory throat lozenges to reduce the swelling.
Use a disinfectant mouthwash after eating:
Listerine ®:It should be diluted to a quarter of the usual strength – otherwise the mouthwash will destroy your naturally occurring enzymes and kill the exposed healing tissues.
If your tongue or your inside piercing hole turn brown or green this is a sign that you should reduce the amount of mouthwash that you are using.
Do not use mouthwashes or toothpastes containing peroxide. Should you notice excessive swelling or infection contact your physician or piercer for evaluation