mouth injuries: Cut or Bite on Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Who hasn’t experienced mouth injuries, like biting your tongue, lip, or cheek? Even though this is a common injury, many people don’t know what to do. Here are the steps you should follow:
- For swelling: apply ice to the injured area.
- For bleeding: apply firm but gentle pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth.
- If bleeding does not stop with simple pressure or continues longer than 15 minutes, take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Cold or Canker Sores
There is no definite cause for a cold sore; it could be due to stress, vitamin or zinc deficiency, or viral origin. Cold sores usually last for 7-10 days and treatment is focused on relieving pain. Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, call our office.
Broken or Fractured Jaw
Keep the jaw from moving and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.