Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
- Rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater solution. Use a moistened piece of gauze or a tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site.
- Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes, until the bleeding stops. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the cheek near the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.