How to Care for Your Oral and Facial Piercing
After getting pierced, you're responsible for the cleaning and care of the area. This is another reason why piercing is not recommended for individuals younger than 15. The safety and effectiveness of a piercing is dependent upon diligent aftercare, and regular handwashing is the first step. Warm, soapy water must be used to remove germs and residue from fingers prior to the removal of piercing jewelry. During the first two weeks, the jewelry must be cleaned at least twice every day.
If the piercing is indeed within or around the mouth, use a germ-reducing toothpaste and bactericidal rinse to cleanse the area after each meal – or at least twice daily. Mayo Clinic suggests using a new, soft-bristled toothbrush and an antiseptic mouthwash like Colgate Total® Advanced Pro-Shield™ after every meal to avoid infection and bacteria. Soft bristles, coupled with antibacterial toothpaste, allow for a gentle but effective removal of the germs and food debris that can cause infection in a fresh piercing.
Orofacial options present a new oral health challenge to those who choose to pursue piercing, but with the proper education and guidance from your dental professional, you can decrease the potential for problems. Through the use of quality products and diligent homecare, the healing time can be reduced so you can remain in good health while expressing yourself.