Mouth Injury

Cuts and scrapes inside the mouth are common from falls or bites. They tend to bleed a lot. Most mouth injuries heal quickly.

HOME CARE

  • See your dentist right away if teeth are broken. Take all broken pieces with you to the dentist.

  • Press on the bleeding site with a germ free (sterile) gauze or piece of clean cloth. This will help stop the bleeding.

  • Cold drinks or ice will help keep the puffiness (swelling) down.

  • Gargle with warm salt water after 1 day. Put 1 teaspoon of salt into 1 cup of warm water.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Eat soft foods until healing is complete.

  • Avoid any salty or citrus foods. They may sting your mouth.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water after meals.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a large amount of bleeding that will not stop.

  • You have severe pain.

  • You have trouble swallowing.

  • Your mouth becomes infected.

  • You have a fever.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.