Healing the mouth
This manual applies to all piercings that are not performed in the mouth or in the genital area. (Labret, Madonna, Medusa, tongue, lip frenulum, tongue frenulum, etc.)
We recommend the use of the indicated medicines, none of which requires a prescription, but can only be found in a pharmacy.
We are not liable for the use or application of these medicines; consult your doctor or pharmacist for any side effects or risks involved.
Recommended healing products: ProntoLind Gel, ProntoLind Spray, ProntLind mouthwash, and ProntoLind mouth spray with a polyhexanide-betaine complex.
Daily care for external piercings (Twice a day for 2-3 weeks):
- Wash your hands before touching the piercing and disinfect your hands afterward.
- Spray on ProntoLind Spray and leave it on for 30 seconds. Then wipe it clean with a smooth tissue (paper towel or kleenex, no cotton balls!)
- Apply ProntoLind Gel and let it absorb. Then carefully begin to move the piercing backwards and forwards (don’t twist).
- After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth out with ProntoLind (60 seconds).
For tongue and lip frenulum piercings, use the ProntoLind mouth wash only twice a day and use the ProntoLind mouth spray several times a day (Number 1-3 do not apply).
Do not handle or interfere too much with the piercing, because this can lead to irreparable damage to your teeth and gums. Simply monitor your healing progress. Touch the piercing as little as possible (and if you do, wash and disinfect your hands first), and do not expose it to unnecessary irritation.
Never use cotton balls, makeup remover pads, or toilet paper when cleaning the piercing, because the fibers contained in them can cause an inflammation in the wound canal. Do not twist or remove the piercing when cleaning it, because both can damage the wound canal.
Eating & Drinking:
Products to avoid for at least 3 days: Dairy products (ice cream, yoghurt, cheese, etc.), alcohol, cigarettes (nicotine in any form), and chemical products like teeth whitener.
Ice is allowed, but do not lick ice cubes. In the first few days following a tongue piercing, you should eat through a straw, ideally a nutritious soup or baby food. After every meal or drink, rinse your mouth out with still water that is low in mineral content (and use ProntoLind mouth wash, as described above).
- Depending on the area, the initial healing of a surface piercing can take anywhere between 2 – 6 weeks, and up to 3 months for a complete recovery. A swelling of the lymph nodes in the first few weeks is completely normal.
- At the beginning, make sure you have a professional piercer switch your jewelry to another size of ball, bar, or ring.
- Never tape the piercing wound shut. Also avoid “wound” ointments, alcohol or chlorine-based disinfectants, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils.
- Saunas, sunbeds, steam baths, and any kind of swimming in pools should be avoided for two weeks. Exposure to sea water is allowed after 7 days.
- It is normal for there to be a wound secretion around the pierced area (initially clear, then yellowish-brown, not to be confused with pus) and for it to become sebaceous. This is part of the healing process, and can be removed with ProntoLind Spray, or when showering.
- When engaging in everyday tasks such as dressing, undressing, eating, shaving, applying cream, showering, washing, opening and closing cupboards, be careful that the piercing does not get caught in something and tear.
- A coated tongue (white, yellow, brown), swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck/head area or proud flesh on the tongue are possible side effects, as well as foreign body sensation.
Concerns & Questions:
Should there be unexpected problems during the healing process, or should you have any doubts, contact your piercer immediately or write to us. Most complications can be straightened out quickly. In case of an emergency occurring outside of our work hours, go immediately to the hospital.
Why no dairy products?
Dairy products should be avoided after a piercing in the mouth because the lactic acid bacteria contained in milk risk attacking the formation of a blood clot which is vital for the healing of the wound.
Why and for how long should caffeine by avoided?
For the first two days following a piercing procedure, caffeine (coffee, black tea, energy drinks) should be avoided because it can increase blood pressure which can in turn lead to bleeding of the wound.
Alcohol should also be avoided because of its anticoagulant properties.
Why you should not smoke in this period:
Smoking tobacco poses a risk to the healing process, especially the burning of tobacco. Tar and nicotine are detrimental to the wound, as is any smoke caused from the burning of other substances, and should therefore be avoided.
Why a soft diet is preferable:
Eating wholegrain products and meals that have “crumbly” components are problematic after a piercing procedure since the crumbs risk getting into the wound and causing inflammation. Since the act of chewing can be painful and the swelling can prevent you from eating properly, it is recommended that you consume soups and a soft diet generally.
Why you should brush your teeth and perform mouthwashes:
In order to avoid infection due to food residues getting into the open wound, you should rinse your mouth after every meal, and continue with your usual dental hygiene, making sure to avoid brushing your teeth too aggressively. If necessary, use an extra-soft toothbrush. In addition, you should apply a mouthwash from ProntoLind, since this will serve as an antiseptic and will reduce the bacterial count in the oral cavity. We recommend using ProntoLind Mouthwash and Mouth Spray, or consulting your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt.