This is an exerpt from an article that was published in The Journal of School Nursing.
(Armstrong & Kelly (2001). Tattooing, body piercing, and branding are on the rise: perspectives for School Nursing. The Journal of School Nursing 17 (1). p. 19).
apply ice for swelling (careful not to freeze the metal).
Rinse oral piercings with antiseptic mouthwash (without alcohol) after eating.
Avoid another persons body fluids.
Slight redness the first few days is normal.
redness, swelling or hardness, pain, heat sensation, yellow or green discharge. Call physician immediately.
tongue piercings take approximately 4-8 weeks to heal.
Remove jewelry and allow piercing to close.
What to expect from the artist/piercer:
Clean, washed, and gloved hands, sterile equipment (autoclaved and opened in front of the customer), they should provide skin care instructions, they should be members of a national association and keep up with current procedures and regulations, they should be willing to show photos of their work. The should possess knowledge of correct piercing angles to heal properly, and have knowledge of site proximity to blood vessels, nerves, and lymph ducts essential to avoid permanent damage.
Hope this helps,