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In times like this, you might need to apply some simple first-aid might help manage the pain, prevent further complications. This can also give you the necessary insights to determine the need for professional treatment.

It’s often helpful to get a clear look at the traumatized oral tissues. You can gently clear away any dry blood or stray material from the lips or chin, you can gently wipe the area clean with a warm, wet washcloth. If there is stray blood or other debris in the mouth a gently lukewarm saltwater rinse might sufficiently remove it.

If traumatized soft tissues are bleeding excessively the best course of action is to travel to the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care Clinic. In the interim lightly pressing some sterile gauze to the wound might be able to help slow or stop the bleeding.

If the bleeding is minimal but you have noticed early signs of swelling, you can apply a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes. If you don’t have one on hand, a cold compress can be improvised by placing crushed ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. Sometimes a bag of frozen vegetables can also do the job.

Pain management might be addressed by consuming a standard dosage of an anti-inflammatory medication or gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the local tissues.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and you have suffered soft tissue oral trauma, that requires further insight, you can call 773.252.5757 to speak to Dr. Doris Madrigal or a staff member at DM Family Dentistry.