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Athletics and other rigorous activities can sometimes cause an accidental blow to the face. When this happens the trauma to you lip can sometimes be significant. In a situation like this, you might need to administer some basic first-aid while seeking professional care with our dentist, Dr. Paul Hanna.

If there’s blood on your lip or chin you can use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe it away. If you have blood or other unwanted material in your mouth you can rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This will help you to visually assess the damage to the lip.

If your lip starts to swell you can try holding a cold compress on the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one on hand, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If bleeding persists, you can lightly press sterile gauze to the wound. If the bleeding hasn’t stopped after 20 to 30 minutes you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room.  

If you live in the New London, Connecticut, area and you need professional advice for treating a significant lip injury, you can always call 860-442-3323 to speak with a member of the staff at Paul Hanna, DMD PC. Our experienced team is happy to help you with all of your oral health needs!