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Most common of lip injuries are minor and often result from a misplaced bite while chewing gum or eating food. Most of these occurrences don’t inflict serious harm, and require little first aid attention, other than possibly placing an ice pack to reduce the swelling. On the other hand, there are some other rare occurrences when an oral accident can cause more noteworthy trauma to your lip.

In a circumstance like this, you will probably need to apply some simple first aid, while evaluating the need to seek professional care at Grant R Young DDS’s Wausau, Wisconsin clinic.

It’s important to evaluate the trauma to your lip. You can do this by lightly wiping away any blood with a wet, warm washcloth. You might be able to control mild bleeding by applying light pressure to a bandage. If the wound continues to bleed after 15 to 20 minutes, you should seek emergency care. This is generally a sign that the wound needs to be seen and treated by a professional.

You can hold a cold compress to your lip at the first sign of swelling. You shouldn’t apply the cold compress to your lip for longer than 15 to 20 minutes, as long-term exposure to cold can also aggravate sensitive tissues and hinder blood flow. You can create a cold compress with a bag of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a towel.

If you’ve just suffered a significant lip injury and you live in the Wausau, Wisconsin area, you can always call 715-845-6222 to seek professional advice from the specialists at Dr. Grant R Young’s clinic.