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Lip, tongue, cheek, and gum injuries are not fun; in fact, they can be a bit terrifying and painful. However, the best thing you can do is stay calm and follow our team’s instructions. If you follow these steps, you will be on your way to a strong and successful oral health:

-Rinse: Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater solution. This will help clean the injured area and reduce the risk of infection. To make the salt water, simply mix a half of a teaspoon of salt with a cup of warm water. Swish for about one minute.

-Apply pressure: Apply pressure to the bleeding site for 15 to 20 minutes. Simply hold a gauze pad or tea bag to the area until the bleeding subsides.

-Reduce swelling: Reduce swelling by icing outside the cheek that is near the injured area for about 5 to 10 minutes. This will also help control the bleeding and relieve the pain.

-See your dentist: If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist immediately or go to the hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure to the site until you’ve been seen and treated.

If you need additional help or if you’re interested in knowing more about soft-tissue injuries in Roseville, CA, please call 916.784.1700 today and talk to a member of our dental team. Dr. Wong will be happy to give you all of the information you need to succeed!