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A slip and fall or other household accident can sometimes impact the mouth. In some of these moments enough force can be applied to damage teeth and soft oral tissues.

If you or someone nearby has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you may need to administer some simple first aid measures while seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Stephen M. Dang.

It can help to assess the severity of the damage to teeth and soft tissues. A gentle wipe with a wetted warm washcloth might help away any blood on the face or lip. A gentle saltwater rinse might also help to remove any blood or potential debris from the mouth.

A localized area of soft tissues swelling might be minimized by lightly pressing a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you need to improvise one you might be able to make due with a bag of frozen vegetables or a plastic bag filled with crushed ice that has been wrapped in a tea towel.

If and area of traumatized soft tissues is bleeding you might be able to control the problem by gently applying a sterile gauze pad and moderate pressure.

Consuming a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication or gently applying a topical oral analgesic might help minimize discomfort while you seek emergency treatment.

If you are in the Alhambra, California, area and you or someone near you has just suffered a significant oral injury, you should call 626-281-1536 to seek emergency treatment at Main Street Dental.