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Accidentally biting your lip when you’re chewing gum or eating a snack is rarely a serious problem. Unfortunately, there are other rare occasions when something like a hard fall causes a significant lip injury. To help provide quality first aid in these instances, your dentist, Dr. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader, offers these key insights.

The severity of your lip injury can be a major factor in determining the best way to treat it. If your lip is bleeding excessively, you should probably go directly to the emergency room.

If the lip simply requires some quality first aid, your dentist offers these considerations to keep in mind.

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

If your lip starts swelling, you can try holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. A cold compress can be made quickly by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag that is 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 usually means the lip injury requires professional care by a trained physician.

If you have something stuck in your gums, you can call Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311 to have it safely and professionally removed. Your dentist in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, is happy to help you!