Have you ever injured your gums, lips, cheeks, or lips—which are accumulatively referred to as soft tissue? As you probably know, if you fall or accidentally bite any of the soft tissue in your mouth, you could end up with a cut in your mouth. If this happens to you—or to a loved one—what would you do?
Unfortunately, soft tissue injuries are more common than you might expect. In fact, nearly 40% of accidents with adults occur during sports. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem, by simply wearing a mouth guard. This will protect your soft tissue and your teeth. In reality, if you don’t wear a mouthguard, you are also more likely to chip or fracture your teeth—which can lead to more soft tissue injuries.
In younger children, the most common cause of soft tissue injuries is falling. This is especially common when your child is learning to walk. This can also damage unerupted teeth. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent this type of injury.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do after a soft tissue injury happens. First, rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution. Next, place a piece of wet gauze or tea bag against the cut. After keeping the gauze in place for around twenty minutes, place a cold compress on your mouth outside of your smile. You should use this compress for approximately ten minutes. If the bleeding still hasn’t stopped, we recommend contacting a dentist as soon as possible. While you travel, please use another piece of gauze or another tea bag.
If you have more questions, please contact us at 415.682.6377. Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh and our team are eager to hear from you.