Following an oral injury, you need to make sure that you are tending to the wound carefully so that swelling stays down.
If you let the swelling increase, it can make the injury worse, and it could lead to increased damage to the mouth and surrounding tissues.
There are a few things that you can do to help keep swelling to a minimum. Here are a few options that can help keep your injury healing properly.
How to Keep the Swelling Down
The first option that you should do immediately after you get the bleeding stopped is to put ice on the wound. This helps to slow the extra blood flow to the area to a more normal amount, and allows your body to begin the healing process on its own. Next, you should take some type of an anti-inflammatory that is also a pain reliever.
This will help keep the inflammation of the injured tissues down as it heals. Finally, you should try and sleep with your head elevated for the first few days following the injury. If you lie flat, you could end up with increased blood flow to your head and it could be swollen when you wake up in the morning. However, being elevated allows you to keep that from happening.
Take an oral injury seriously. If you only had a little bump, bruise, or abrasion, it should heal up on its own. However, if you had a full puncture, you should see your dentist.
They can make sure your wound is not looking infected, and if they are worried about an infection popping up, they can put you on some antibiotics to be on the safe side. Your dentist is your best friend following any type of an injury to your mouth or surrounding tissues, so please contact us and ask for advice.