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It’s generally considered common to accidentally nip your lip while eating or chewing gum. In the vast majority of these cases, the injury is minor and just an inconvenience. However, there are other times when a blow to the face or other accident can cause a more serious injury. When this happens, your dentists, Dr. Jones and Dr. Buck, recommend using these important steps for providing first aid to your injured lip.

The first step is to determine the extent of the injury. You can do this by gently wiping away blood with a warm, wet washcloth. Then, if you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also soothe any injured gums.

If your lip is starting to swell, you can hold a cold compress to the area for 15 minutes at a time. You shouldn’t hold the cold compress to your lip for longer than 20 minutes because excess cold can also irritate sensitive tissues and impede blood flow. You can create a cold compress with a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel.

To control minor bleeding, you can lightly press sterile gauze to your lip. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 15 to 20 minutes, you should seek emergency care. This is often a sign that the wound requires care by a physician.

An injured lip can be a serious cause for concern. If you would like additional first-aid tips or treatment, you can always call our office at 214.824.2130 to seek further advice. We are happy to help your injured lip in Dallas, Texas.