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Most lip injuries are very minor and usually occur when you accidentally nip the edge of your lip when chewing gum or eating food. Unfortunately, there are a few rare times when an accident or blow to the face can cause more significant damage. For these instances, your dentist, Dr. Tammeka Nickleberry, recommends these basic tips to offer quality first aid for a lip injury.

The first thing you want to do is assess the severity of the injury. If there’s blood on your lip or chin, you can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If your lip starts to swell, 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 and wrapping it 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 to 30 minutes, it likely means the lip injury requires professional care by a trained physician.

If you are struggling to offer quality first aid to an injured lip in Houston, Texas, you can always call TLN Family Dental at (713) 723-2600 to seek further advice.