Once you've got your piercings, remember that now you have to take care of them on the inside and the outside. Externally, a simple saline solution will work to clean the piercings, but internally, warm water rinses are your best friend.
"Anytime you eat, drink, smoke, kiss, or anything really that goes into your mouth that's not air or water, just take a sip of water and swish it around," Gottschalk said.
Staying super hydrated is another thing that can help reduce the initial swelling, but don't expect the piercing to feel completely healed until about three to four months. Beall said it's also a good idea to avoid supersalty or spicy foods, since they can irritate the piercing, and resist the urge to twist, turn, or rotate the piercing with your fingers or tongue.