King’s Ink

Piercing Aftercare - Oral


3 to 6 weeks Healing Time

Lip / Labret

4 to 8 months Healing Time


6 to 10 weeks Healing Time


3 to 6 months Healing Time

Directions for Cleaning: Rinse with Tech 2000 or Listerine (be sure to dilute Listerine half-and-half with water) after every time you eat, drink or smoke (this applies to anything other than bottled water). With all piercings excluding the tongue, treat with H2Ocean by spraying it on inside and outside or After Piercing Lotion on a cotton swab three times a day and cleanse with antibacterial soap such as Satin or Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap once daily. Do not over clean.

Suggestions: Never touch piercing unless you’ve just washed your hands with anti-bacterial soap, or the piercing could become irritated or infected. Do not use alcohol, peroxide, hibiclense, or any form of iodine to clean your piercing. Taking vitamin C and zinc orally can speed up healing time. Do not change jewelry until all soreness and swelling is gone. Do not remove the jewelry until piercing is COMPLETELY healed. Using a mixture of sea salt and water can also help healing (1/4 tsp to 8 oz. of very warm water, rinse and count to 10, and repeat until all 8 oz. are gone). Slight swelling may occur in freshly pierced tissue, along with tenderness and slightly red coloration. This is all normal. To help with swelling, keep your mouth cold by sucking ice chips or popsicles. Do not play with your piercing, only touch it to clean it. Do not let the piercing come in contact with anything other than cleanser or food while healing. Try to sleep with your head elevated, this will help your blood circulate and reduce swelling. It is also recommended to replace your toothbrush, since an old one is likely to have bacteria on it. Do not submerge piercing in chlorinated (pools) or salt water for at least 3 weeks and for fresh water (rivers/lakes) for at least 3 months.

If you have any questions, please stop in our shop or call 978-263-7763.

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