What to Do to Stop Oral Bleeding After an Injury


Posted on 3/30/2019 by Thomas Wold, DMD
What to Do to Stop Oral Bleeding After an InjuryNobody expects to sustain an oral injury when performing the tasks of day-to-day life, but sudden trauma to the mouth can be frightening, especially at the first sight of blood coming from inside your mouth. When you sustain an oral injury, don't panic. Instead, follow this advice to stop the flow of blood.

How to Stop Bleeding from the Mouth

The four primary causes of bleeding from the mouth through an oral injury are:

•  Cuts and lacerations on your cheek due to falling or sports injury.
•  Bleeding from your tongue, such as due to an accidental bite.
•  Trauma to your teeth, such as a dislodged or broken tooth.
•  A burn inside your mouth, such as due to hot food, drink, or a chemical burn.

If you or someone you know is bleeding from the mouth, it's vital to act quickly to assess the injury and determine the extent of it. If the injury is severe, you or the person may require a visit to our office or to the emergency room.

If the injury is in someone else's mouth, first wash your hands, then put on sterile gloves. If possible, try to view the injury. If the injury is due to a tooth being knocked out, try to retrieve the tooth and place it in a glass of milk. Immediately take it with you to our office, as we may still be able to save it.

If the blood isn't stopping, you can apply gauze to the injury and use gentle pressure to try to stop it. If there is an object in the mouth, you can try to gently remove it, but do not force it. Spit out any chewing gum if present.

Do not apply ice to a burn injury, as ice could make it worse. However, you can use cool water to rinse out the mouth to be able to view it better.

If you or someone you care about has sustained a mouth injury that results in bleeding, it's important to act fast. The longer you wait, the worse the possible outcome. Please give us a call here today for more information about oral injuries or to receive prompt treatment for one!