Posted on 9/20/2017 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Getting hurt in any way that impacts your mouth is never a fun experience. Similar to fingers and toes, the mouth tends to bleed heavily when it gets hurt. Stopping the bleeding can be difficult.
Instead of just being able to generally apply pressure, you need to go through and apply it to specific areas so you can stop the bleeding without causing any additional damage to your mouth. This can be tricky, even for experienced professionals.
Calling Your Dentist May Help You Get Techniques for Stopping the Bleeding
If you or someone near you can, the first things you should do are put a clean paper towel or regular towel on the wound, and call your dentist. Explain the injury and how much bleeding there is.
They can walk you through what you need to do to protect that area and slow then stop the bleeding. It may be putting pressure on the entire area, or it may be just putting a bit of pressure on one specific area to stop bleeding in a different area. The veins and arteries around the mouth wrap around your jaw, so sometimes putting pressure under the jaw can really help.
From there, your dentist will likely either have you come in so they can take a look at what is going on with your mouth, or direct you to the nearest emergency dental office they work with. That way, someone can look at your mouth within a short time of the injury actually occurring.
The sooner your mouth can get checked, the less likely you are to face long-term damage. Ideally, you want to try and be seen within an hour if you knocked out a tooth or had severe bleeding following the accident.
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