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Do you know what to do in a mouth emergency? One thing is certain, you will experience an oral accident sometime in your lifetime. So, it is important that you know what to do so that you may handle it without stress.

Everyone has probably experienced jamming their toothbrush into their gums while brushing a tad too vigorously or puncturing their palate when chomping down on the pointy end of a Dorito. Gum tissue cuts are usually minor emergencies that heal all by themselves, but in the case of a more serious cut, here is how you handle it.

It’s easy to wound the soft tissues in the mouth, including the gums, which can become lacerated due to their delicate nature. When a cut happens, there may appear to be a lot of blood. Do not be overly concerned. This may be because of the amount of saliva mixing with the blood. Rinse your mouth out with diluted saltwater or an antiseptic mouthwash to clean and sanitize the wound. Afterward, make a cold compress by wrapping ice in a washcloth (or some other cold item), and apply pressure. The cold restricts blood circulation and should stop the bleeding and reduce inflammation, along with numbing any discomfort. If you are treating a child, a good tip is to give them a popsicle.

If the bleeding doesn’t stop after a reasonable amount of time, make a visit to an emergency clinic or hospital. The cut may be too deep to heal on its own, and you may need stitches.

If you would like more information about dental emergencies, call our helpful team at 530.677.4457. Make an appointment or come by our office in Cameron Park, California.