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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.

Sadly, there isn’t a simple way to keep your child’s safe. The majority of soft tissue injuries in children are a result of their falling. This is especially difficult to prevent when your little one is learning to walk. As you probably know, falling is a part of learning to walk. Unfortunately, falling can damage your child’s soft tissue or their teeth—which makes knowing what to do even more important.

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. Hold that piece of gauze in place for about twenty minutes. Next, hold a cold compress against the outside of your mouth for ten minutes. If the bleeding still doesn’t stop, please contact Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS or go to an emergency room. While you travel, keep putting pressure on the cut with gauze.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Hansen Dental Care at 626-793-2273. We’re eager to hear from you.