You should clean your piercing 2 to 3 times a day with a sterile saline solution. Wash your hands (the most important part, always wash your hands before touching your piercing) then Spray some on a q-tip or non woven gauze (recommended) and gently clean the jewelry and around the edges. Moving the jewelry is not recommended however there may be some movement while cleaning. If it doesn't move on it's own, don't move it.
For oral piercing, you can rinse with mouthwash as long as it's diluted 50% with water and rinse no more than 3 times a day.
Swelling is common in piercing especially with oral piercings. To reduce swelling, keep ice and/or cold fluids on it. If possible, sleep the first few nights with your piercing elevated above your heart so either with some extra pillows or sitting up.
Depending on the type of piercing, healing may take up to 6 months or longer to heal. We are placing a foreign object into a fresh wound so problems along the way are possible. Please come see us if you have any concerns. Redness and some swelling could continue through the entire healing process. A bump or some discharge may occur, this doesn't always indicate an infection, but if you are concerned about it contact your physician immediately.