- Contact your dentist or physician immediately for any signs of infection -- such as swelling, pain, fever, chills, shaking or a red-streaked appearance around the site of the piercing.
- Keep the site clean and free of any matter that may collect on the jewelry by using a mouth rinse after every meal. Look for products that display the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Minimize "clicking" the jewelry against teeth and avoid undue stress on the piercing. Be gentle. Be conscious of the movement of your jewelry when talking and chewing.
- Check the tightness of your jewelry periodically -- with clean hands -- because beads can loosen on their threads. Checking can prevent you from choking on or swallowing your jewelry.
- When taking part in sports, remove the jewelry and protect your mouth by using a mouthguard.
- See your dentist regularly, and remember to brush twice a day and floss daily.
- Most important, consider removing mouth jewelry before it causes a problem.
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American Dental Association answeredIf you have a mouth or oral piercing: