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How do I take care of my oral (mouth) piercing?

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Healing for an oral (mouth) piercing usually takes 3 to 4 weeks. During that time, you should:

  • Rinse your tongue or lip piercing after every meal or snack and before bed. Use warm salt water or an antibacterial, alcohol-free mouthwash.
  • Not kiss anyone (avoid contact with someone else's saliva)
  • Not share cups, plates, forks, knives, or spoons
  • Eat small bites of healthy food
  • Not eat spicy, salty, or acidic foods and drinks
  • Not have hot drinks, like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate

SOURCES:

American Academy of General Dentistry: "What Is an Oral Piercing?"

American Dental Association: "Oral Piercing."

Center for Young Women's Health (Boston Children's Hospital): "Body Piercing."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mouth Jewelry, Oral Piercings, and Your Health."

Mouth Healthy (American Dental Association): "Oral Piercings."

NHS Choices: "Body piercings -- Risks."

TeensHealth.org: "Body Piercing & What to Expect."

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of General Dentistry: "What Is an Oral Piercing?"

American Dental Association: "Oral Piercing."

Center for Young Women's Health (Boston Children's Hospital): "Body Piercing."

Cleveland Clinic: "Mouth Jewelry, Oral Piercings, and Your Health."

Mouth Healthy (American Dental Association): "Oral Piercings."

NHS Choices: "Body piercings -- Risks."

TeensHealth.org: "Body Piercing & What to Expect."

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 10, 2019

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