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Accidents happen sometimes, unfortunately. If an emergency situation does come up with regards to your oral health, a little education can go a long way to saving your smile. Let’s address some common oral emergencies and what to do for them.

Biting Lips, Tongue, or Gums: While biting your lips, tongue, or gums is often a minor accident, it can sometimes be a very serious problem. If you are bleeding, wash out your mouth gently with warm water (not hot or cold) and apply a sterile gauze pad and light pressure to the wound. If you continue to bleed steadily after a few minutes, go to the nearest medical center for assistance. You may need stitches or other medical care to close the wound.

Objects Between Your Teeth: Having something between your teeth is, at best, annoying; at worst it can be very painful. Do not try to remove the debris with a toothpick or other pointed object; it can damage your gum tissue and scrape up your tooth enamel. Instead, use dental floss or another approved interdental cleaner (such as a floss pick or water flosser) to gently remove the foreign object. If you cannot get the object out, call your dentist.

For more information, call Twin Falls Family Dentistry in Greer, South Carolina, at 864-663-5019. Dr. Peter McPherson and our team are happy to help!