Lip, Tongue, and Cheek Piercings – Tips and Aftercare

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Lip, Tongue, and Cheek Piercing: Tips and Aftercare

Before the Piercing

  • Choose a Professional Piercer: Research and select an experienced, reputable piercing studio with a skilled piercer who follows strict hygiene and safety protocols.
  • Discuss Placement: Consult your piercer about the ideal placement and jewelry options for your lip, tongue, or cheek piercing.

During the Piercing

  • Stay Calm: Relax and breathe deeply to ease any nervousness. Trust your piercer’s expertise.


  • Rinse with Saltwater: Use a saline solution (a mixture of non-iodized sea salt and warm water) to rinse your mouth after eating, drinking, and smoking for the first few weeks.
  • Oral Hygiene: Continue brushing your teeth gently, but be cautious around the piercing. You can use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  • No Alcohol or Tobacco: Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and spicy foods during the healing process, as they can irritate the piercing.
  • Swelling: Swelling is common, especially with tongue piercings. Suck on ice chips and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication as your piercer recommends.
  • Jewelry Care: Do not change or remove the initial jewelry until the piercing is fully healed, typically several weeks to months.
  • Monitor for Infection: Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as excessive redness, swelling, pus, or increased pain. If you suspect an infection, promptly contact your piercer or healthcare professional.
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