Oral Piercing Aftercare Tips

Oral PiercingHere are some basic aftercare instructions for your oral piercings. As usual, the best thing to do is to listen to your piercer carefully and to apply all the aftercare measures your piercer recommends. This is yet another reason why you should always find an experienced, reliable piercer: you will need to be informed about all of the appropriate aftercare and safety measures you need to perform during healing.

Remember: healing time is crucial for your piercing. You need to perform adequate aftercare measures and to follow some common safety tips, to ensure your piercing heals nicely and without any problems.

Oral piercings are often tricky because part of the wound is typically located inside your mouth. As such, it may pose a problem, especially during eating and chewing. Oral piercings such as tongue piercing or labret piercings (lip, cheek) have to be cleaned carefully and a special measure should be taken not to damage the piercing during eating.

Cleaning Instructions

To clean your oral piercing, it’s best to use a gentle solution that will not cause harm to your piercing. At the same time, a solution you choose has to be strong enough to fully clean your piercing. It’s best to use a common saline solution suitable for all piercing types, or a special, gentle cleaner specially formulated to be used for healing oral piercings. Before you use any product, make sure it’s safe to be used for mouth rinsing.

To clean your piercing inside the mouth, rinse your mouth with the solution about 4-5 times a day. It’s important to rinse your mouth after every meal and before you go to bed. Make sure to rinse your mouth for at least 30-60 seconds.

At the same time, don’t overdo it. Cleaning and rinsing every half an hour will not help. In fact, it can only make your skin very sensitive and irritated.

For the exterior part of the piercing (such as exterior of the lip and cheek), you should clean using the saline solution or a special anti-bacterial soap. Before you start, make sure to wash your hands before you touch your piercing. You may apply saline solution 2-3 times a day but soap should not be used more than 1 to 2 times per day.

To clean, soak the piercing with the solution and then rinse. You need to rinse thoroughly if you choose to use an anti-bacterial soap. With a saline solution, even a quick rinse will do. Make sure to dry your piercing. You should pat gently to avoid hurting your piercing. Always use disposable paper products for this purpose: cloth towels can harbor bacteria.

Additional Tips

Here are some additional tips you should follow:

  • Make sure to use a new, relatively soft toothbrush. It’s also best to floss daily to avoid accumulation of bacteria.
  • Don’t forget to brush your teeth and apply mouth rinses after every meal.
  • You need to clean your jewelry, too. At first, you should brush the jewelry gently, to prevent damage to the healed piercing. Later, it’s important to brush the jewelry regularly at the same time as you brush your teeth and tongue. This is the only way to prevent accumulation of plaque.
  • Oral piercings tend to swell easily in the first couple of days. To reduce swelling and hotness, you can put a small piece of ice in the mouth and allow it to dissolve on its own.
  • When eating, make sure to do it slowly. Take small bites of the food and place them directly onto the molars. If you have a new tongue piercing, try to keep the tongue level in your mouth as you eat.
  • It’s best to avoid any strong, spicy food and alcohol. It will only damage your piercing and make it burn and hurt.
  • Cold foods and beverages may sometimes help reduce swelling, but don’t go overboard.
  • You piercing may seem healed well before the healing is complete. Remember, a piercing heals from outside in, so you should apply aftercare throughout the whole healing period.
  • Never play with your jewelry during the healing time! The only time when you should even touch your jewelry is during cleaning.
  • Avoid excessive talking or laughing during the first days. Opening your mouth too wide may damage your labret piercing because the inside of the labret can get caught on your teeth.
  • Stay away from any sexual contact (including French kissing) during the first stage of healing.
  • Don’t chew on pencils or other objects. You should also avoid chewing gum.
  • It’s important to change your initial jewelry with a shorter one as soon as the swelling is gone. Since this will happen during the healing time, it’s vital that you ask your piercer to do the jewelry change. Don’t even attempt to change your jewelry by yourself!

Vertical Labret Piercing

Vertical LabretVertical labret piercing is a popular and very effective piercing style. Unlike the most common labret piercing (positioned below the lower lip), a vertical labret goes through the lower lip itself, vertically. This piercing is actually parallel to the tissue inside the lip.

Benefits and Disadvantages

Vertical labret offers not just a different visual style than the regular labret piercing, but it also offers some advantages. It’s important to understand that a common labret piercing has a hole on the inside of the mouth. It means that the back of the jewelry sits near the gum line, so it can damage it. Another problem is that it can damage the teeth. With vertical labret piercing, no part of the jewelry sits inside your mouth. The barbell simply goes through the lip, from top to the bottom. It provides more comfort and less risk to any gum or teeth damage.

On the other hand, vertical labret piercing may take longer to heal. It also tends to be more sensitive and requires more aftercare. Some food can irritate the piercing so you need to be careful during the healing process. Once it’s healed, however, vertical labret piercing offers unique visual style and it poses less risk to your tissue.

The Procedure

Vertical labret piercing requires a pretty straightforward procedure and it typically doesn’t last long. Your lip will be marked and measured. A clamp will be used before the needle is inserted. The actual piercing is made using a needle and the whole process takes about five seconds so it’s over pretty quickly.

Typically, the piercing is done from bottom up, with a 16g needle. The pain depends on your tolerance level but is typically not that bad and it’s quickly over.

The most common jewelry used for vertical piercing is a barbell. It’s possible to choose between straight and curved barbells. Curved barbells tend to be more comfortable and easier to wear, especially during the healing process.

While vertical labret piercing procedure is not difficult and it doesn’t last long, one common problem is swelling. Be prepared for a lot of swelling after getting your piercing done. This is why most piercers recommend longer barbells for your initial piercing. The swelling should go after a few days, but you need to follow the aftercare instructions carefully.

Typically, the healing period takes 8 to 10 weeks. Make sure to clean your piercing several times a day. Sea salt solution works the best, or you may use a regular salt solution or a mild anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to touch your jewelry as little as possible: don’t turn it and don’t play with it. It’s best to touch it only while you’re cleaning your piercing and then leave it alone.

Jewelry

Since vertical labret piercing is not the most common piercing type, it’s not easy to find jewelry specially made for this type of piercing. Luckily, it’s perfectly comfortable to wear standard jewelry made for many different piercing types, so it’s not difficult to find suitable jewelry for your vertical labret.

Straight and curved barbells seem to work the best. There are many different styles to choose from: the simple and elegant barbells or the more elaborate styles. Most of the times, the lip jewelry tends to be simple but effective.

When choosing jewelry for yourself, keep in mind to shop at reliable stores; it’s important to use only high-quality, body-safe jewelry. Another thing to keep in mind is the barbell length- it will largely depend on your lip.

From Labret Studs to Spikes – Types of Labret Piercing Jewelry

It’s not just studs anymore that is making peoples’ labret shine these days. A great variety of labret jewelry designs are available cut out just for the area between the lip and the chin. Labret jewelry can be made from Titanium, gold, surgical steel and other materials/ metals that are skin friendly and nickel free.

The most popular kinds of labret piercing jewelry are given below. See what suits your style:

Labret Stud – Initially it was the most popular labret piercing jewelry but now studs are gradually slipping into commonality from popularity. In this a long straight shaft has a flat disc on one end (which remains inside the mouth) and a bead which is visible outside. However, these are perfect for first timers to get initiated.

Labret Buttons – These are bigger than beads of the labret studs. A good option when you are bored of studs and want the piercing to be a bit more visible.

Labret Spikes – In these the only difference is of the bead, rest is just like a labret stud. The round stud is replaced by a spiked stud for an even more dashing look! Choose this for a total killer look.

Labret Ball – This type of Labret piercing jewelry has balls on the visible end of the shaft.

Labret Prongs – These look extremely stylish. Here there is a prong with a gem within, on the end that is visible. Looks great in gold!

Captive Bead Rings – These look unique on labrets. It’s one of the more popular labret piercing jewelry after studs.

Labret Retainers – These are basically used to hide labret piercing. Available in the shape of studs, these are transparent to make piercing discreet.

Apart from the above there are labret piercing jewelry available with skulls, flowers and other interesting and likable designs of labret piercing jewelry available. So next time you go for labret  jewelry shopping, try and go beyond the stud – it may be a classic but these days it’s nothing more than a safe choice. :)

Tongue and Labret Piercings – Rising in Popularity

Why the sudden rise in the popularity, you ask? Because people swear that these increase sexual stimulation for both partners, and apparently also make the kissing experience more enjoyable. So if you are one of the many, many people out there who want to go in for a piercing which increases the pleasure factor, but do not want a genital piercing, these might be the very answer you are looking for!

Tongue and labret piercings have been around for quiet sometime but have recently surged in popularity. These heal fast (2-5 weeks), jewelry choices are many and reportedly very effective for inducing sexual stimulation. Continue reading