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Sometimes a simple safety feature like treading the steps in your home or wearing a protective mouth guard during sports can save you from suffering significant oral trauma. If you do suffer an accidental blow to the mouth, you might need to administer some basic first-aid measure while you seek professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Robert Berkowitz.

If there is any blood on your lips, chin, or face, you might be able to gently wipe it away with a warm, wet washcloth. This can help you get a better view any external soft tissue trauma.

If you have blood or some other unwanted material in the mouth you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater. Sometimes this can help soothe traumatized soft tissues. Any oral lacerations should be left intact until Dr. Berkowitz can assess them. If necessary, you can lightly pack any bleeding tissues with a pad of sterile gauze.

Applying a simple cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time might also help minimize swelling. If you need to, a cold compress can be improvised by placing a bag of frozen vegetables in a zip-top bag wrapped in a tea towel.

If you live in the Anderson, South Carolina, area and you or someone nearby has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 864-642-4630 to seek treatment at Trinity Dental Center.