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There are unfortunate times when a simple fall around the house or an athletic injury can cause significant trauma to soft oral tissues. This could include lacerations, a swollen lip, bruised cheek, or wounded gums.

In a moment like this, you will need to administer some basic first-aid while assessing the need for emergency care at Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S..

If you have dried blood on your lip, chin, or face, you can use a wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. Any blood or unwanted debris in your mouth can then be gently rinsed away with lukewarm saltwater. This should help give you a better view of the traumatized soft tissues to assess the severity of the problem.

If the traumatized area is bleeding excessively, it might require stitches or further treatment at the Emergency Room or a nearby urgent care facility.

Early signs of swelling can often be reduced by gently holding a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one immediately at hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists, you can try to control the bleeding by pressing some sterile gauze to the wound. If it hasn’t come under control within half an hour, it is a clear indicator that the traumatized soft tissues need treatment at the Emergency Room.

If you are in the Appleton, Wisconsin, area and you need further first-aid advice for an oral soft tissue injury, you can call 920.739.9612 to speak to Dr. Tetting, Dr. Tetting,] or a staff member at Tetting & Tetting, D.D.S.. Our dentists and team are happy to answer any questions that you may have.