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Your gums and other periodontal tissues are important parts of your mouth. Sometimes, an accidental blow to the mouth can impact the teeth and gums, causing significant oral trauma. In a moment like this providing some simple first-aid can help manage pain, and reduce the chances of further complications while you schedule your need for emergency care from our dentist, Dr. James Stanford.

If your gums or other soft oral tissues are bleeding you might be able to rinse away the unwanted material with a little lukewarm saltwater. This can help you get a better view of the problem and might also help soothe the traumatized soft tissues.

If you have suffered a significant oral injury, you shouldn’t attempt any treatment beyond first aid. Treatment should be left to our dentist or an Emergency Room physician.

Lightly applying a cold compress on the area for up to 20 minutes at a time can also help reduce swelling. If you don’t have one on hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or light towel.

If you live in the Ballwin, Missouri, area and you need professional treatment for a soft tissue injury in your mouth, you can always call 636-256-3559 to speak to a member of the staff at Stanford Dental.