Oral trauma can range in severity and come from several different things. Athletes in contact sports and people with bad oral habits are at increased risk of suffering harm to their teeth, gums, and other soft oral tissues.
When something does happen, applying some basic first-aid measures can help assess the need for professional treatment while also helping to manage pain.
In many of these situations clearing blood and unwanted debris from your mouth can help you get a better view of the traumatized area. A gentle saltwater rinse can help clean your mouth without causing undue irritation to any injures soft tissues.
You should avoid rinsing with milk, antiseptic mouthwash, or other harsh liquids. These things could shock the injured area exacerbating the pain and leading to other complications.
After getting a good look at the severity of the situation, you can then call Dr. Prince Arrington III‘s dental office to seek further first-aid advice or to schedule emergency treatment.
You might be able to mitigate some of the pain from the oral trauma by rubbing your gums with a topical oral anesthetic, or some over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Just keep in mind that these are only temporary measures and should not be seen as a long term treatment option.
If you are in the Boca Raton, Florida area and you have suffered a significant oral trauma you should call 561-440-4633 to seek emergency treatment at Beach Tree Dental Care.