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Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue in the mouth is delicate and sensitive and can be very painful when injured. When you accidentally bite your tongue, cheeks, gums and lips, if you fall, or if you put food in your mouth too hot, the soft tissues get injured. Chewing hard objects can also damage soft tissue.

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Soft tissue injuries usually do not bleed, but when they do, the damage may seem worse than they actually are. When blood and saliva are mixed together, they seem to bleed. In most cases, bleeding should stop within minutes. What you should do during this period is:

Thoroughly flush your mouth with a mild saline solution (half a teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of water).
If bleeding continues, press wet gauze on the injured area for 10 to 15 minutes. Without gauze, use sanitary napkins, tampons or clean materials to absorb blood and saliva.
To relieve pain, reduce bleeding and reduce swelling, place ice cubes in the area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you stop bleeding for more than a few minutes, the condition can be severe and you need to see your doctor right away, preferably an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Maintain pressure on the area until it can be treated.
What your dentist will do
Dentists are trained to diagnose and repair damage to soft tissues, but hospital emergency room doctors and oral surgeons often cause serious damage to these areas.

The doctor or dentist will thoroughly clean the area and determine if the teeth are loose or damaged. If the tooth is not damaged and the damage is limited to the gums or other soft tissue, it may be necessary to suture the wound and control the bleeding. In most cases, sutures will not be necessary and the doctor only needs to thoroughly clean the area using dental equipment and remove any dirt or debris.

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