What you need:

  1. Sea salt
  2. Mild Anti-Bacterial or Antimicrobial Liquid soap/wash
  3. Cotton Balls
  4. Cotton-Tipped Swabs
  5. Small Disposable cups (2-4 ounces)

Cleaning Your Piercing:

  1. Clean 2-5 times per day
  2. First wash hands thoroughly. Never touch your piercing or jewelry with dirty hands.
  3. Saturate a cotton ball with warm water, and gently wipe away any "crusties" that have gathered around the piercing site.
  4. Apply a generous amount of liquid soap to your fingertip, and apply to the piercing site and jewelry. Make sure you get the soap everywhere, but rotating the jewelry is not necessary as long as you work the soap around the piercing and jewelry completely.
  5. Rinse the piercing and the jewelry several times with warm water, ensuring all soap is removed
  6. Dry your piercing with a clean paper towel and then dispose of it.
  7. If you smoke use mouthwash after you are done.

Do Not:

Do not use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean your piercing because these can potentially damage your healthy skin cells, delay the healing process and cause scar tissue. Also, don't use any petroleum jelly on your piercing because it promote bacterial growth. Don't excessively touch your healing piercing and keep it away from any bodily fluids to reduce the risk of infection. Don't remove or change your jewelry until your piercing has fully healed, which can sometimes take several months to a year. Avoid any lotions, creams, ointments and astringents when taking care of your new piercing.


Spicy food, alcohol and tobacco products can severely irritate oral piercings. Submerging your new piercing in large bodies of water such as a lake or pool promotes bacterial growth and should be avoided during the healing process. Tight clothing can aggravate a new piercing and can also delay the healing process. Over cleaning can also irritate your piercing and delay the healing process.