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Managing the Blood from an Oral Injury

Posted on 12/20/2016 by Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS
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If you have ever injured your mouth, then you know how much blood can come out of an injury to your mouth. Keeping the blood under control and stopping the bleeding have to be your first priorities.

If you cannot stop the bleeding, then you need to get help before something goes awry. If you are able to slow the bleeding, then you can determine if your injury requires medical attention or not.

How to Stop the Bleeding After an Oral Injury

When you are trying to stop the mouth from bleeding after an injury to your own mouth, or someone else's, there are a few steps that you should follow. First, wash your hands if you can. You don't want to introduce bacteria or germs into the wound.

Second, you should put some pressure on the wound. If the injury was in someone else's mouth, have them apply the pressure. The injured person should be sitting up straight, but against something solid in case they get woozy.

After about fifteen minutes of pressure, you then lift the fabric or gauze you have been applying to the wound. If the bleeding has slowed, remove any objects that you can see that can be removed with ease. If the bleeding is still just as profuse, then you need to seek medical attention as quickly as you can.

Ideally you want to go to the nearest dentist if the gums, teeth, tongue, or structures of the mouth were directly impacted. If it was only through the cheek or in another part of the face, you should seek a doctor's help.

Don't wait on getting help if you suffer from an oral injury. It is important that you seek help as soon as you can. Even if you can get the bleeding under control, if the injury is moderate or worse, get professional help.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral injury.
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