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Your mouth is just as vulnerable to harm as any other part of your body. While there are some things you can do to reduce your chances of suffering oral trauma, you can never completely prevent it.

If you have just suffered recently suffered a hard blow to the mouth or some other form of oral injury, you might need to apply some basic first-aid measures while seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Mark DeVuyst.

It might be helpful to glean a quick assessment of the injury to your mouth. Sometimes a gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water can help clear away any lingering blood and any unwanted material from your mouth. A warm, wet washcloth can also be used to gently wipe dried blood from your lip or face.

Soft tissue swelling might be addressed by gently applying a cold compress to the area for up to 20 minutes at a time. If necessary, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a washcloth or using a bag of frozen vegetables.

Taking a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication or gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the nearby tissues might also help reduce discomfort in the injured soft tissue.

If you live in the Clinton Township, Michigan, area and you have suffered soft tissue oral trauma that requires treatment, you can call 586-416-1625 to schedule an appointment at our office.