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.
Wearing a mouthguard will protect your soft tissues and keep you safe from injury. Of course, there are a few options available to you. For example, you can choose to buy a mouthguard from the store or have a custom mouthguard made. Regardless of what you choose, wearing a mouthguard is extremely important for protecting your smile from injury—regardless of the sport you play.
In younger children, the most common cause of soft tissue injuries is falling. This is especially common when your child is learning to walk. This can also damage unerupted teeth. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do to prevent this type of injury.
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. Vasserman 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 Pelham Dental Group at . We’re eager to hear from you.