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An accidental fall or blow to the face can sometimes cause an injury to your lip. The severity of the problem will go a long way toward 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 requires some quality first aid, our Family Dental Associates oral healthcare professionals offer these basic first-aid considerations.

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 to 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 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 would like more tips on how to offer quality first aid for common oral injuries in Greenwood, Mississippi, you can always call Family Dental Associates  at 662-453-5536 to seek further advice from your dentist, Dr. Adam Hodges.