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Accidents can happen at any time, in any place, and to anyone. Are you prepared to handle an oral emergency? It is critical that you remain calm so that you can treat yourself or anyone else that may need help. Here is how you handle a gum cut.

Gum tissue is delicate, but it heals quickly. It’s not hard to injure the soft tissues in the mouth. Gums can be cut or torn when you accidentally jam a toothbrush into them while brushing too vigorously. Who hasn’t done that? They can be punctured by eagerly eating a hard or crunchy foods. Remember that time when you speared your palate with the pointy corner of a dorito? These things happen all the time, and most are minor enough not to need medical attention. For the ones that do, here‘s how you handle a gum cut..

First, you need to wash out the wound with cool saltwater or an antiseptic mouthwash. Then, make a cold compress with ice in a washcloth. Gently press this to the wound until it stops bleeding. The cold will slow circulation and allow the blood to clot, stopping the bleeding. At the same time, it will reduce swelling and bruising. If the cut is so deep that the bleeding continues, you may need stitches. In this case, go to the nearest emergency clinic.

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