Oral Swelling or Bleeding: At-Home Temporary Care Measures
These temporary measures should NOT be considered substitutes for professional dental treatment. It's imperative to visit a dentist as soon as possible for proper care.
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the outside of your cheek in the affected area for 20 minutes at a time to help reduce swelling.
- Rinse your mouth with a mild saltwater solution (1/2 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water) to reduce swelling and cleanse the area.
- Keep your head elevated to reduce blood flow to the swollen area.
- If the bleeding is from the gums or a tooth extraction site, apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze or a tea bag.
- If bleeding is due to trauma, such as a cut or bitten tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.
- Avoid aspirin as it can increase bleeding. Instead, use another over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen if needed. Avoid using any pain medication that has previously caused side effects or adverse reactions or that your doctor has advised against due to potential side effects or adverse reactions.
- Avoid hot foods and beverages, which can increase swelling and bleeding.
- Do not smoke or use tobacco products, as they can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.
- Maintain oral hygiene by gently brushing and flossing, avoiding the area of swelling or bleeding if necessary.