Athletic activities, automobile accidents, and household accidents can all pose a threat to your oral health. If your lip or other soft oral tissues are injured, you might need to apply some basic first-aid while assessing the need for professional care.
If you have unwanted debris in your mouth, you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe traumatized tissues. You can help manage the pain by lightly applying a small amount of topical, dental anesthetic.
Applying a cold compress to the lip for 15 minutes at a time can help reduce swelling. If you don’t have a quality cold compress on hand, you can always improvise one with a bag of frozen vegetables or ice cubes in a bag wrapped in a tea towel.
Lightly pressing a bandage or sterile gauze pad to the area can help control any bleeding. If your injured lip continues to bleed for longer than half an hour, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.
If you are in the Colorado Springs, Colorado, area and you need additional oral first-aid advice for an oral trauma, you can always call 719-627-5916 to speak to a member of staff at Best Care Dental.