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Oral injuries can be hard to deal with, especially if you don’t know what to do. Unfortunately, oral and head injuries tend to bleed a lot. This might create some panic. However, the best thing you can do is keep a calm and cool head. To help you deal with an injured lip in Rexburg, Idaho, our dentist, Dr. James Thomason, has some recommendations.

First, you should try to wash the area. Washing the lip can help you assess the injury, remove debris from the wound, and even reduce chances of infection. So, run your lip under warm water or, if the pain is too extreme, gently wash it with a wet washcloth or towel.

Second, you should try to stop the bleeding. Grab a clean gauze pad or paper towel and place it over the area. Apply pressure immediately. When the pad or towel becomes soaked, replace it with a new one. If the bleeding is severe, it’s best to keep the original pad or towel on the wound and just add more pads or towels over the top. Remember to keep applying pressure.

Third, you should reduce swelling. Wrap an ice cube in a towel and place it over the injury. You can also use a wrapped ice pack. Make sure to only ice the area 15 minutes at a time. This should help reduce the swelling and lessen the pain.

If the bleeding persists after 30 minutes, the cut is deep, or you suspect there is a bone fracture involved, it’s best to visit an Urgent Care facility or a doctor. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please reach out to our dental team at North Fork Dental Care by dialing 208-356-3012.