We’ve all had the painful experience of wanting to bite into a piece of food but instead clamping down on your tongue. This can create a soft tissue injury. Examples of soft tissue are your tongue, gums, lips, and cheeks. They can become injured by accidentally biting them, falling, putting scolding food in your mouth, or chewing on hard objects. Below are the three things you should do if you damage the soft tissue in your mouth.
- Don’t Panic.
During any medical situation, panic can cause undue stress on your body and slow your recovery time. If your wound begins to bleed the blood may seem excessive. Do not worry. In a soft tissue injury, the blood mixes with the saliva making it appear that there is more blood than usual. Calmy treat the area and give the area time to heal.
- Clean the Area.
Sanitize the wound by rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution. Use ½ a teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water. If the bleeding persists for more than a few minutes press a damp piece of gauze, sanitary napkin, or tampon on the area for 10 to 15 minutes. Additionally, you can reduce the bleeding, swelling, and pain by placing ice on the area for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Visit Dr. Reddy if Bleeding or Pain Persists
If you have tried the above steps and the pain, swelling, and bleeding continues, maintain pressure on the wound and call SmileUP at 940-218-9110 to make an emergency appointment.
If you damage your soft tissue, the wound will usually stop bleeding within a few minutes and heal on its own. However, if you fell or were in an accident, there may be damage to the surrounding teeth. It is always best to receive an examination after a severe soft tissue injury from SmileUP. Call 940-218-9110 today to address concerns about your soft tissue injury.