A cut or other injury to your gum caused by foreign objects, sharp foods, toothbrush bristles, etc., can lead to pain, bleeding, and more. The team at Surrey Place Dental Group in Surrey, British Columbia, would like to explain how bleeding gums, cut gums, and otherwise damaged gums can be handled when you visit a dentist for emergency treatment.
Because the gums are a delicate, soft tissue that can easily be cut or injured, it is essential to know how injuries to the gums can be treated and when you should see a dentist.
There are several causes that can lead to a gum cut or injury. Maybe you nicked your gum with a toothpick, bit into a sharp food, scratched it with your toothbrush, or had an injury during a sporting event. The good news is that many cuts on your gums can heal on their own, but there are still situations where you may require a dentist’s assistance, or that would be deemed a dental emergency.
Cuts and injuries to the gums can often be quite unpredictable. Treatment may be needed as soon as possible to avoid issues like infection. If you have hurt your gums, there are some steps you can take right away to help the situation. First, you can dissolve a spoonful of salt into some water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. It may sting, but it will reduce the probability of infection.
If there is bleeding at the site of the cut, and it doesn’t slow down following a rinse with saltwater, you can apply pressure to help stop the blood flow. If possible, place some clean gauze between the gums and the side of your mouth.
You can use an ice pack on the affected area if pain or swelling occurs. Keep it on the outside of your mouth as close to the wounded area as possible.