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Published on: 26 Mar 2011 by rawrygawrgrrr
So many piercings...
A labret is one form of body piercing. Taken literally, it is any type of adornment that is attached to the facial lip (labrum). However, the term usually refers to a piercing that is below the bottom lip, above the chin. It is sometimes referred to as a "tongue pillar.
Rinse your mouth for 30 to 60 seconds with an alcohol-free, antibacterial mouthwash or packaged saline solution after you eat and before you to to sleep, advises MayoClinic.com. However, the APP states that rinsing too often or using a strong, alcohol-based mouthwash while your labret piercing heals can irritate your mouth and the piercing site.
Brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Have a new toothbrush on hand after you get your labret piecing so bacteria from your old brush won't enter your mouth. After your piercing heals, you can brush your teeth, as well as the jewelry inside your mouth, more vigorously to prevent plaque build-up, says the APP.
Soak the exterior of the labret piercing between two and three times a day, advises the APP, which notes that you can place the piercing site in a container of warm saline solution for between 5 and 10 minutes or use a piece of clean gauze saturated in saline solution. Rinse the skin with water to remove salty residue.
Cleanse the exterior of the piercing site no more than two times per day. The APP suggests using a small amount of fragrance-free, antimicrobial cleanser in the shower or bath, allowing it to remain on the exterior piercing site for no more than 30 seconds. Rinse well with water to make sure no soapy residue remains.
Pat the skin dry gently with paper towels. The APP notes that terry towels not only snag the jewelry, but they may also be a source of bacteria.
Do not touch or remove jewelry during the healing period. The only time your fingers should touch it is during the cleaning process, says MayoClinic.com. Be careful when donning and doffing clothing, so it doesn't become entangled with the jewelry.
Watch for infection. It's common to notice a thin, light yellow liquid to ooze from a new labret piercing, says the APP. However, if you experience marked swelling and pain and fever, or if the site secretes a thicker fluid (pus), contact your doctor immediately, advises MayoClinic.com.
Healing Time:6-8 weeks
many different kinds of labret piercings...hope you enjoy!:)