Soft Tissues Injuries in the Mouth
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Have you ever injured your lips, gums, cheeks, or lips—which are also called the soft tissues?
If you fall or accidentally bite any of these soft tissues in your mouth, you may end up with a cut in your mouth.
If this happens to you or to a loved one, what would you do?
Of course, avoiding the issue is preferable to treating an injury.
For adults, this can be fairly simple. Many adults are injured while they are playing sports.
The simple solution is to wear a mouthguard. Regardless of the sport you play, a mouthguard is the safest thing you can do for your smile.
This will protect your soft tissues and teeth. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, you are also more likely to chip or crack your teeth—which can result in more soft tissue injuries.
The simple solution is to wear a mouthguard. Regardless of the sport you play, a mouthguard is the safest thing you can do for your smile. This will protect your soft tissues and teeth. If you don’t wear a mouthguard, you are also more likely to chip or crack your teeth—which can result in more soft tissue injuries.
In younger children, the most common cause of soft tissue injuries is falling. This is especially common when your child is just learning to walk. Falling can also damage unerupted, developing teeth.
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Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries in the Mouth
- Accidentally biting down on your lip
- Falling on your face/mouth area
- Chewing on very hard objects
- Contact during sports and other activities
- Drinking too hot drinks
- Vehicular accidents
What to do During Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissue injuries the mouth—the lips, tongue, gums, and cheek lining—may take place with or without damage to the teeth. To give first aid, ask the patient to rinse their mouth with dilute saltwater.
If foreign material is present, try to remove it by hand, or by swishing vigorously with diluted saltwater; rinse again if needed. The mouth may seem quite bloody after the injury, but that appearance often results from blood mixing with saliva.
If there is an open wound, bleeding can usually be stopped by applying pressure on the site with a clean, damp cloth or a wet tea bag.
If bleeding can’t be stopped within 10 or 15 minutes, or if there is serious pain or disorientation, go to an emergency room immediately.
Otherwise, schedule an appointment to see a dentist within six hours of the injury, for evaluation and treatment.
Soft Tissue Injury Prevention
Wearing a mouthguard while participating in sports is the best way to protect your teeth and mouth.
This equipment protects the face against trauma, especially when playing sports positions, like baseball catcher or hockey goalie.
It’s always wise to wear a helmet made for the sports activity you are participating in. Even though most helmets don’t protect the teeth and mouth, they can protect another important area – your head – against brain concussion.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Soft Tissues Injuries in the Mouth
1. What are the soft tissues of the mouth?
The soft tissues in the mouth, such as the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips, are delicate and sensitive.
When injured, they can be very painful. They can be injured when you bite down on them, if you fall, face an accident, or if you eat something too hot or hard.
2. What are the causes of inflammation in the mouth?
Inflammation is commonly caused by periodontal disease, which occurs when your body tries to remove the bacteria that causes an infection in the gums.
3. How do you heal the insides of your mouth?
- After eating, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
- Eat a soft diet.
- Avoid eating salty or spicy foods, citrus fruits or juices, and tomatoes as these can irritate the affected area and may worsen the injury.
- Apply a topical medicine to reduce mouth pain.
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Dr Nishant Hurria
Dr Nishant Hurria is an Australian-based health professional and the principal dentist of Warrnambool Dental with a special interest in Crowns & Bridges and Dental Implants.