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If you have recently injured your tongue, cheeks, gums, or lips, it’s important to do all you can to improve the situation. Some soft-tissue injuries can be dangerous, so if your injury has resulted in bleeding, our Wright Smile Center of Woodbridge team recommends doing the following things:

-Rinse: Rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution. Doing so will help clean the injured area from bacteria and germs. To make the water, place a half of a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water and mix them together.

-Apply pressure: Use a moistened gauze pad or tea bag and apply pressure to the bleeding area. Hold it in place for 15 to 20 minutes or until the bleeding stops.

-Reduce swelling: It’s best to reduce swelling, control bleeding, and relieve pain by holding a cold compress to the outside of the injured area for about 5-10 minutes. Please ice the area in intervals throughout the day until the situation gets better.

-See your dentist: If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist immediately or go to the hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure to the site until you’ve been seen and treated.

If you have any questions or if these tips fail to help you, please call 703-878-7883 today and talk to your dentist, Dr. Rita D. Wright, or a member of our team. We will be more than happy to help you with your soft-tissue injury in Woodbridge, Virginia!