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Accidentally biting your lip while you’re chewing gum or eating a meal is rarely a cause for concern. Yet, there are some rare instances when a blow to the face or other oral trauma can cause a more significant lip injury. In a situation like this, your dentist, Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr, offers these key insights to help manage the pain and potential bleeding.

Please note: If your lip is bleeding excessively, you should probably go directly to the emergency room.

You can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away any blood and give you a better look at the lip injury. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If your lip starts swelling, you can try holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. A cold compress can be made quickly by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists, you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, it usually means the lip injury requires professional care by a trained physician.

If you have suffered a lip injury in Dallas, Texas, and you would like further first-aid advice, you can always call 972-447-9707 to speak with a member of our Preston Family Dentistry staff.