Got your tongue pierced? Excited to stylize it with fun and funky jewelry? You have come to the right place!

At Body Jewelry, we offer a wide range of high quality and attractive tongue rings to meet your unique style needs. As you browse through our collection, we’d like to share with you some super easy and effective oral piercing aftercare tips to make sure that you enjoy flaunting your pierced tongue with funky jewelry for years to come.

Tip#1—Keep Your Piercing Clean

After you eat, drink or smoke, make sure to rinse your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds with saltwater.  All you have to do is take a quarter teaspoon of iodine-free salt and dissolve it in eight fluid ounces of lukewarm water. Use this solution to rinse your mouth.

This will keep your piercing and mouth clean and simultaneously soothe discomfort, reduce the white color discharge that forms around jewelry and prevent infection.

Tip#2—Stay Hydrated

Once your tongue is pierced, it is likely to swell for a few days. In order to reduce swelling, suck on an ice cube and drink a lot of water with a straw. Also, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they can make your blood thin. Icing and staying well-hydrated will help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Tip#3—Carefully Brush and Floss

Make sure to maintain proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly as your oral piercing heals. However, brush gently around the piercing and avoid touching the piercing with your toothbrush or dental floss.

Tip#4—Talk Less and Avoid Touching Your Jewelry

Another aftercare tip that can promote healing of your oral piercing is to talk less and avoid playing with the jewelry on your tongue to minimize undue trauma to it. Trauma can cause the development of excess scar tissue and damage your teeth or gums. It can also push bacteria into the healing fistula, thereby making you more susceptible to infection.

Tip#5—Avoid Smoking

If you have a habit of smoking, then you might want to refrain from it to ensure your oral piercing heals fast. This is important to do so because smoking can cause the mouth to dry, which can lead to complications and delay the healing process. So avoid it if it is possible or otherwise switch to e-cigarette smoking that mixes nicotine with water vapor and avoids the drying effect. Another alternative to cigarette smoke is to wear a nicotine patch.

Tip#6—Don’t Change Your Jewelry Prematurely

You might be tempted to change your oral piercing with another one. But you should not change it prematurely. Make sure that the piercing heals, which can take 4 to 8 weeks. Remember that changing your jewelry too soon can result in more swelling and delayed healing.

So, follow these oral piercing aftercare tips to ensure that it heals well and stays with you for years.