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Most of the time biting your lip while eating a meal causes a jolt of discomfort but rarely results in significant oral trauma. However, there are other times when something like a sports injury can cause more significant lip trauma. In a situation like this, applying some simple first-aid measures can help minimize complications while determining the need for professional care.

Gently wiping away stray blood with a wet washcloth can help you get a better look at the traumatized tissues. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater.

If you’re concerned about swelling, you can apply a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes. If you don’t have a cold compress on hand, you can improvise one by placing crushed ice in a plastic bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

You can help control any bleeding by lightly pressing sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after half an hour, it likely means the lip injury needs treatment by a trained physician.

If you live in the Terrell, Texas area and you’ve suffered a significant lip injury that requires further insight, you can call 972-563-7633 to speak with a member of Alan L. Nix DDS.