What to avoid

-Do not play with your jewelry. Long-term effects include permanent damage to teeth, gums, and other oral structures. See the APP�s Brochure: Oral Piercing Risks and Safety Measures for more information

-Avoid undue trauma; excessive talking or playing with the jewelry during healing can cause the formation of unsightly and uncomfortable scar tissue, migration, and other complications.

-Avoid using mouthwash containing alcohol.can irritate the piercing and delay healing.

-Avoid oral sexual contact including French (wet) kissing or oral sex during healing (even with a long-term partner).

-Avoid chewing on tobacco, gum, fingernails, pencils, sunglasses, and other foreign objects that could harbor bacteria.

-Avoid sharing plates, cups, and eating utensils.

-Avoid smoking! It increases risks and lengthens healing time.

-Avoid stress and all recreational drug use.

-Avoid aspirin, alcohol, and large amounts of caffeine as long as you are experiencing bleeding or swelling.

-Avoid submerging healing piercings in bodies of water such as lakes, pools, etc.

*DISCLAIMER: These guidelines are based on a combination of vast professional experience, common sense, research and extensive clinical practice. This is not to be considered a substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you suspect an infection, seek medical attention. Be aware that many doctors have not received specific training regarding piercing. Your local piercer may be able to refer you to a piercing-friendly medical professional.

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