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Sometimes an accidental blow to the mouth can cause significant damage to soft tissues and teeth. This often requires some basic first-aid to help manage pain and minimize complications while you seek professional treatment from a doctor like Dr. Truong Nguyen.

Any blood on your lip, chin or face can be gently wiped away with warm, wet washcloth. Blood or stray debris in your mouth can then be gently rinsed away with a little bit of lukewarm saltwater. Cleaning these areas might help you get a closer look at the traumatized area to assess the severity of the problem.

You should seek treatment at the Emergency Room or a nearby urgent care facility if the traumatized soft tissues are bleeding excessively, or you are in severe pain.

Minor swelling might be addressed by gently applying a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one with you, a cold compress can be improvised by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag and wrapping it in a washcloth or tea towel.

Depending on the location of the wound sterile gauze can sometimes be held with mild pressure. This can help control the problem while you make your way to Always Dental Care.

If you are in the Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, area and you or someone close to you has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 484.392.7687 to seek emergency treatment at Always Dental Care.