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A blow to the face or a fall can sometimes injure your lip or cause you to bite your tongue. If an emergency like this happens, it’s important to stay calm. If the injury is severe you should consider calling 911 or visiting the emergency room.

If your lip or chin is bleeding you can wipe the blood away with a warm, wet washcloth so you can better assess the area. If there is blood or lingering debris in your mouth you can rinsing with lukewarm salt water to clear the area. If the bleeding persists you can lightly pack the area with sterile gauze.

If the injury has caused some swelling, you can hold a cold compress on your lip. To make a cold compress simply place ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. You can then hold it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

If you bite through your tongue and it won’t stop bleeding, you can try wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze. You can then apply pressure to your tongue with your fingers or lightly press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. If the bleeding is significant you should consider going to the emergency room.

If you have you have additional questions about how to handle the issue or would like to schedule an appointment should call us at 269-375-0800.