Mouth Laceration

ExitCare ImageA mouth laceration is a cut inside the mouth.


  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water 4 to 6 times a day.

  • Brush your teeth as usual if you can.

  • Do not eat hot food or have hot drinks while your mouth is still numb.

  • Avoid acidic foods or other foods that bother your cut.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

  • If there are stitches (sutures) in the mouth, do not play with them with your tongue.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.


  • Your cut or other parts of your face are puffy (swollen) or painful.

  • You have a fever.

  • Your throat is puffy or tender.

  • Your cut breaks open after stiches have been removed.

  • You see yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the cut.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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