It is important to take good care of pierced cheeks to avoid an infection. Signs of infection are redness around the piercing, face swelling and pus-filled abscesses with a foul odor. Failing to clean the perforation properly is a major cause of infection. At the first sign of an infection, seek immediate medical attention.
Keep a cheek piercing clean by regularly cleaning it with salt water. You can use a sea salt and water solution to wash the area. Mix 1 teaspoon of sea salt in an 8-ounce glass of water. Thoroughly soak a cotton ball or swab in the solution. Apply the soaked cotton to the pierced area, and hold there for at least a minute. Toss out the cotton, and repeat this process five or six times.
You can also apply the salt water solution to the perforation using a cotton swab or washcloth, and you don't have to remove the jewelry to clean the area. Perform salt water cleansing twice a day for at least one month after getting the cheek piercing.
It's also necessary to use caution when using makeup and hairspray, as these items contain chemicals that can infect the piercing. Smoking during the healing period should also be avoided.