Good oral health includes healthy soft tissues in your mouth. Your soft tissues are the gums, cheeks, lips, and tongue. They are composed of large number of blood vessels. This, coupled with their sensitivity, is the reason they bleed easily and profusely when injured.
If the soft tissues in your mouth are injured, your Beenleigh dentist at Alex Bratic Dental Care can help you. Alex Bratic Dental Care offers comfort, convenience, and excellent care for your dental needs, particularly during dental emergencies.
Common Causes Of Injury To Soft Tissue
Your soft tissues in the mouth can suffer from the following injuries:
These injuries are often caused by:
- Sports related accidents
- Biting down on hard or sharp food/material
- Work related accidents
- Vehicular accidents
- Knocked out tooth
Because they are very delicate, your soft tissues can easily suffer damage even from simple accidents.
First Aid Steps
If you or your child’s soft tissues are injured, here’s what you can do:
- Rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or lukewarm salt-water. For the salt-water, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt to eight ounces of lukewarm water. Use this to gargle with, several times a day.
- Apply direct pressure to the injured area by pressing a clean absorbent material (a clean tampon could also be used as an alternative).
- If the bleeding continues, hold ice over the injured area for 10-15 minutes. This will reduce swelling, control blood flow, and relieve pain.
- Visit your dentist immediately.
An injury to the soft tissue bleeds a lot and easily but usually stops after a few minutes. If the bleeding continues, this could mean that the soft tissue is seriously injured.
Treatment At Alex Bratic Dental Care
Your dentist will examine the severity of the injury. In some cases, your dentist needs to stitch the wound to close the bleeding.
More often, your dentist only has to clean the wound and make sure that there is no foreign matter that might cause an infection.
Comfort, Convenience, and Excellent Emergency Care at Alex Bratic
Alex Bratic Dental Care provides families with instant, effective relief from dental emergencies. We serve patients of all ages in Beenleigh, Eagleby, Mount Warren Park, Windaroo, Waterford, Edens Landing, Holmview, Pimpama, Yatala, Bethania, Alberton, Jacobs Well, and Tamborine.