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Accidentally biting your lip while chewing gum or eating a meal is par for the course. These situations rarely cause any significant injury. At the same time, there are also rare instances when a hard fall or blow the face can cause a serious lip injury, requiring immediate first aid.

The severity of your lip injury can be a major factor in determining the best way to treat it. If your lip is bleeding excessively, you should probably go directly to the emergency room.

If the lip simply requires some quality first aid, your dentist, Dr. Reeve Abraben, offers these considerations to keep in mind.

You can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away any blood and give you a better look at the lip injury. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If your lip starts swelling, 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 wrapped 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 minutes, it usually means the lip injury requires professional care by a trained physician.

If you have a lip injury in Lake City, Florida, you can call Lake City Family Dental Center, PA at 386.752.1342 to have it safely and professionally treated.