An injury or emergency can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. It’s not unheard of for a blow to the face or fall to injure your lip or cause you to bite down hard on it. This can cause pain and bleeding. If the injury is severe you should consider calling 911 or going directly to the emergency room. You can also call us at 208-343-4986 for advice and tips on how to handle the situation.
You can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away blood from your lip and chin. This will allow you to determine the severity of the injury. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water.
Many lip injuries develop swelling. Even if the lip doesn’t swell immediately you might still want to hold a cold compress to it for 15 minutes as a preventative measure. A cold compress can be quickly made by placing ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.
If you’ve bitten through your lip or the bleeding persists, you can hold sterile gauze to the wound and apply light pressure. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in a reasonable amount of time you should consider going to the emergency room. Even once the situation is under control you might want to schedule an appointment to see you physician to determine if the wound will require stitches.
If you have questions about the best way to handle the issue or would like to schedule an appointment should call us at 208-343-4986.