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What should I do with the jewelry in my mouth while my oral piercing heals?

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While your oral (mouth) piercing heals, you should be able to remove the jewelry for short periods of time without the hole closing. If you get a tongue piercing, the piercer will start with a larger "barbell" to give your tongue room to heal as it swells. After the swelling goes down, dentists recommend you replace the large barbell with a smaller one that's less likely to bother your teeth.

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 April 23, 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 April 23, 2019

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