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Sports injuries and other accidents can cause harm to your mouth. In some cases, a hard blow to the face could potentially cause a significant lip injury. In a situation like this Dr. David Goldschein advises you to remain calm. Applying some basic first-aid can help ease pain, and prevent complications, while you determine the need for professional treatment.

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

To control any swelling, apply a cold compress on 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 bleeding persists, you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, it’s likely means the oral trauma needs treatment by a trained physician.

If you live in the Tampa, Florida, area and you’ve suffered a significant lip injury, that requires further attention, you can call 813-251-5740 to speak with a member of staff at Generations Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.