What To Do If You Bite Your Lip, Cheek or Tongue

It’s happened to all of us. At some point in time and probably more than once, you may bite your lip, cheek or tongue. It can also be very painful. It is possible that you might bight your cheek, lip or tongue if you have been to the dentist and received anesthesia for a dental procedure.  This is because your mouth is still numb and you may not feel it. If you do happen to bite your lip because it is numb or for some other reason such 23339126-face-of-a-beautiful-young-woman-with-red-hairas an accident, here is what you should do.

If you bite all the way through your lip, cheek or tongue you first should check the area for any contamination.  Apply pressure with a clean towel or gauze to help control the bleeding.  Bad bites may need stitches, but most will heal on their own.

Once the bleeding stops, apply ice or a cold compress to the area to reduce swelling and ease pain. You can take over the counter pain medication to help.  As your wound heals, try to watch for signs of infection.  Keep the area clean and drink lots of water.  If it continues to be red, swollen or sensitive, schedule an appointment with your doctor or dentist right away.

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