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Minor lip injuries during a meal or snack time often prove to be more of an inconvenience than an actual oral trauma. Yet there are other times when a lip injury might be more severe, calling for first aid or even professional treatment. To that end, Dr. Jody W. Adams offers these basic care insights.

The first step is to assess the severity of the injury. If there’s blood on your lip or chin, you can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If you find that the trauma to the lip is severe, you should probably seek professional care at the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

If your lip starts to swell, you can try holding a cold compress to the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. A cold compress can be made quickly by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the bleeding persists, you can lightly press sterile piece of gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 to 30 minutes, it likely means the lip injury requires professional care by a trained physician.

If you need professional advice for treating a significant lip injury in Brigham City, Utah, you can always call 435.723.6120 to speak with one of the oral care specialists at Smile 2 Heart Dental.