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Oral trauma can take many forms and range in severity. This could include injured soft tissues, swollen lip, oral lacerations, wounded gums, or damaged teeth. In these moments, you might need to apply some simply first-aid while you seek professional treatment from our dentist, Dr. David J. Berg.

The first step in the first-aid process often calls for assessing the severity of the damage to soft tissues and teeth. If you have blood on your face, lips, or cheek, it can be gently wiped away with a wet washcloth. A gentle saltwater rinse might also help to clear away blood and unwanted material from the mouth.

Any swelling in soft tissues might be addressed by lightly applying a cold compress to the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have a quality cold compress on hand, you can improvise with a bag of frozen vegetables or a plastic bag with crushed ice, wrapped in a tea towel.

If your inner cheek, gums, inner lip, or other tissues have been lacerated, you might be able to minimize the bleeding by gently applying a sterile gauze pad and moderate pressure. If the wound continues to bleed for more than half an hour, you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room.

If you are in the Sacramento, California, area and you need help dealing with an oral injury, you can always call 916.567.0900 to schedule an appointment at Studio 1 Dental.