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It’s relatively common for someone to accidentally bite their lip while eating food or chewing gum. While this might give you a jolt of pain it rarely causes significant injury. There are some rare situations, when a fall, or blow to the face or other accident can cause a more significant lip injury.

Dr. Philippe Athuil offers some basic first aid considerations to help you manage your lip injury:

— It’s important to determine the severity of the injury to your lip. The easiest method is to use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away any blood. If you have blood or debris in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. Should the lip injury appear to be severe, you should go to the emergency room to seek professional treatment.

— Lip injuries often include some swelling. You can lessen this by holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. You can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag which is wrapped in a washcloth.

— If your lip continues to bleed, you can try pressing sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 minutes, it usually means the wound will require further treatment and a trip to the emergency room or urgent care is probably warranted.

If you have recently suffered a lip injury, and you’re not sure of the best way to manage it, you can call our experienced dental team in Beverly Hills, California and schedule an appointment with Dr. Philippe Athuil at 310-286-2241. We are here to keep your smile healthy and confident!