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If you’ve recently injured your lips, gums, cheeks, or tongue, you may be experiencing some bleeding. The best thing you can do is stop the bleeding as soon as possible so you can examine the injury. In order to reduce the bleeding and improve the situation, our team recommends doing the following things:

-Rinse: Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution. Doing so will help clean the injured area from bacteria and germs. To make the water, place a half of a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and mix them together.

-Apply pressure: Apply pressure to the bleeding area with a moist gauze pad or tea bag. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes. If the bleeding still hasn’t stopped, replace the bloody pad or bag with a new one and repeat this process.

-Reduce swelling: You can reduce the swelling, control the bleeding, and relieve pain by holding a cold compress to the outside of the cheek that lies over the affected area. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. If it doesn’t help, feel free to take a little break and then ice the area again.

-See your dentist: If the bleeding does not stop after you’ve used the mentioned tips, please see your dentist as soon as possible. If the dentist is not available, please visit the emergency room. Continue to apply pressure to the area until you can be seen and treated.

In the event your tooth is completely knocked out, the best thing to do is to put the tooth in a cold glass of cold milk, and visit Dr. Watkins immediately. In many cases, teeth are often knocked out or damaged in a sport related injury. As a result, Dr. Watkins suggests investing in a custom-fitted sports guard to protect your teeth and help you avoid injuries and keep your smile in excellent shape.

If you would like more information about how to help a soft-tissue injury, or prevent oral injuries in San Antonio, TX, please call 210-526-0925 today and talk to Dr. Watkins or a member of our dental team. The sooner you call our office, the sooner we’ll be able to help you!

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