Smiley Piercing Care

Smiley piercing care mostly revolves around keeping infection away. There are two main concerns here: first, you need to find body jewelry material that doesn't react with your skin and cause it to fester and become infected. Some people can wear anything, and other people have a heck of a time finding any material that their skin won't react to. You'll have to experiment. When you first have get your smiley piercing, your jewelry will (should!) be made of surgical stainless steel, a material that won't rust or oxidize in your mouth and is non allergenic. After the piercing heals (average 6 to 8 weeks) you can try other materials, but if your piercing reacts to them then you might just have to stick with the surgical stainless steel for as long as you have your piercing.

Second, tearing. If your skin doesn't react to jewelry material, then it may be safe and healthy... unless it is torn. Once you have torn skin, there is an opening for unhealthy matter to get into that surrounding tissue and your bloodstream and cause pain and infection. Smiley piercing care includes being very conscious of your piercing at all times, and altering some of your activities so they don't cause tearing of the frenulum. For example, you'll have to brush your teeth very carefully, to avoid having the toothbrush drag against or even yank the smiley piercing. Yet you do have to brush your piercing and jewelry very gently or they do get a build up of plaque and other matter and become unhealthy and unsightly.


You'll also have to change how you bite into food; we bite food with our front teeth and chew with our side and back teeth, but with a smiley piercing you'll have to alter that and bite food slightly to the side, or whatever you're biting into can severely tear your frenulum with that jewelry in it. You'll figure it all out, but things will have to be done differently, mouth-use-wise.

The type of jewelry can make a big difference in your smiley piercing care. It seems most problems are reported by people using larger jewelry items, especially those with 'balls' on them. Very small balls on the end of barbells or rings might hardly be noticeable, but larger balls clack against and erode teeth, can put pressure on the gums and make permanent 'dents' in them, can be more easily caught up in food being chewed and bitten, and are more tempting to play and fiddle with by your tongue. Barbells and rings with very small balls seem to be the healthiest. With a barbell you need some kind of ball that is large enough to not slip through the piercing, but with a ring you don't need the balls, as a ring can be closed tightly or enough to not slip through.

If you do get a minor infection, the treatment is usually the same as as you do when you first have your piercing: along with trying new jewelry materials to find one that doesn't react with your skin, you'll probably rinse your mouth out a few times a day with warm salty water. Room temperature water is fine, simply mix a half teaspoon of salt with a small cup of water, rinse and swirl gently in the front of your mouth and make sure it's swirling between your front gums and lips, and then spit the water out. You can repeat that again right away or just do it once, and then can do this procedure a handful of times each day.

If your smiley piercing infection doesn't start clearing up, or even gets worse, after a few days to a couple weeks of this, talk to whoever did your piercing (if they are a professional), and if it seems more serious then make sure to see a doctor. Don't mess around with your mouth, if something seems unusually wrong then get it looked at.