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Minor lip injuries from accidentally biting yourself when eating or chewing gum are often more of an inconvenience. They rarely cause significant oral trauma beyond maybe a little minor swelling. There are other times when an oral trauma might befall you that causes a more significant lip injury. To help provide quality first aid and determine if you need to seek professional care, Dr. Jared Mayer offers the following insights.

You can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away any blood and get a better look at the lip injury. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

To control any emergent swelling, you can apply a cold compress to the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have a cold compress on hand, you can improvise one by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists, you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, it likely means the oral trauma needs treatment by a trained physician.

If you live in the Phoenix, AZ, area and you’ve suffered a significant lip injury that requires further insight, you can call 480-359-1473 to speak with a member of our Mountainside Family Dental staff.