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If you’ve recently injured the soft-tissues in your mouth, you may be experiencing some bleeding. If that’s the case, there are things you can do to stop it. It’s also important to stay calm and improve the situation as much as possible. If you’ve injured your tongue, cheeks, gums, or lips, it’s best to do the following things:

-Rinse: Rinse your mouth with mild saltwater solution. This will help you clean the injured area and reduce the bacteria and germs that can cause infection.

-Apply pressure: Apply pressure to the injured area with a piece of gauze pad or a tea bag for 15 to 20 minutes.

-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 subside, it’s best to visit your dentist as soon as possible. If your dentist is not able to see you right away, visit the emergency room. Until you’ve been treated, continue to apply pressure to the area with a gauze pad.

If you would like to know more about soft-tissue injuries in Round Rock, Texas, and how to improve the situation, please feel free to call 512-255-1025 today and schedule an appointment with Dr. John F. Lann. Our team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!