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Aftercare for Tongue Piercings
Suggested Cleaning Products
Cleaning Instructions
What is Normal
Things to Avoid
Helpful Hints
        Alcohol-free antimicrobial or antibacterial mouthwash, such as Tech 2000 or
Biotene is strongly suggested, available at Mystical Body.
   Mouthwashes containing alcohol should be avoided, they are overly strong.
   An Alternative to mouthwash can be Non-iodized sea salt soaks (1/4 teaspoon
dissolved in 8 ounces of warm distilled water).  The sea salt MUST be measured if
this alternative is to be used.      
   Rinse mouth for 30-60 seconds with mouthwash after meals during entire initial
healing time. Do not use more than 4 to 5 times daily. Non-iodized sea salt soaks can
be used in place of the mouthwash, or in conjunction with it. A cool water rinse can be
used if there is no mouthwash available at the time, however, this only helps keep
food particles away from the piercing, and a mouthwash rinse should follow as soon
as possible. Use a new soft-bristled toothbrush to help reduce the bacteria that is
introduced into your mouth. Very gently brush the top of your tongue and the jewelry
during healing time. Once healed, brush tongue and jewelry thoroughly to minimize
   Swelling is perfectly normal. To help minimize swelling, gently suck on clean ice
whenever possible, especially within the first 48 hours of getting pierced.
   Slight bleeding, bruising, discoloration, and tenderness are also normal.                   
    Typically these symptoms will subside within the first 1-2 weeks, and may be
further minimized if you reduce your intake of aspirin, alcohol, and caffeine.
   A whitish-yellowish fluid may secrete from your piercing. This is perfectly normal,
and simply indicates a healing piercing.
   Plaque may form on your jewelry, especially on the bottom ball, just brush the
jewelry gently with your new soft-bristled toothbrush. Typically, there is no reason to
remove the jewelry for cleaning, as long as you maintain good oral hygiene.               
   Remember, the jewelry should NEVER be removed for cleaning during the healing
DO NOT touch your piercing with unwashed hands.
DO NOT engage in oral sex, or french kissing during the initial healing.
DO NOT chew gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, etc. during healing.
DO NOT intake tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, chew, etc. during
healing. Smoking of all kinds increases risks of complications and can lengthen
healing times.
DO NOT intake alcoholic beverages of any kind for the first 2 weeks.
DO NOT intake beverages or food that are hot in temperature, spicy, salty, or acidic
for the first 2 weeks.
DO NOT take large bits while eating. Eat slowly to avoid biting the jewelry.
DO NOT play with your jewelry during healing time. Even after healing, excessive
play with oral jewelry can permanently damage teeth, gums, and oral structures.         
Please be gentle, metal is harder than the body.
   Gently sucking on clean ice whenever possible, especially during the first 48
hours, helps keep swelling to a minimum.
   An anti-inflammatory product, such as Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.), can help
reduce possible swelling and discomfort.
   Try sleeping with your head elevated above your heart to minimize swelling even
   Once the swelling subsides, switching to a shorter post on bar-style jewelry can
help reduce irritation to your teeth and gums, and also reduce the risk of biting the
jewelry accidentally.
   To aid your body against infection and heal more rapidly, get plenty of rest, reduce
your stress level, and maintain a nutritious diet. Taking a multi-vitamin mineral
supplement that contains zinc and vitamin C may boost your body's healing abilities.   
      Remember, the healthier you are, the faster your piercing will heal.
   Leave your jewelry in at all times throughout the healing time. Even after it heals, it
is wise to leave it in to allow the piercing to "toughen up", because even well-healed
piercings can shrink or close quite quickly.
   If your jewelry must come out for a short period of time, we suggest using a
piercing retainer, available at Mystical Body.
   Each body is unique, and healing times can vary greatly, yet with care and
patience, your new piercing can give you a lifetime of pleasure.
   Mystical Body is dedicated to professional piercing, so if you have a question or
concern, feel free to ask.
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