Treating a Lip Injury
Depending on the severity of the lip injury, you may not need to visit a doctor. If your injury is facial, like a surface-level cut or abrasion, clean it with soapy water and a clean cloth. For minor internal injuries, rinse the wound with salt water or a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water, making sure not to swallow this mixture.
Ultimately, you'll need to visit the ER for any injury that includes swelling, broad or deep lacerations, puncture wounds or infections. These injuries may need the care of either an oral surgeon or cosmetic surgeon, who can make sure the wound is cleaned and stitched correctly so that it heals properly. And if there's any trauma to your teeth, you should always make an appointment with your dentist.
During the healing process, keep the area clean with a daily mouth rinse such as Colgate® Peroxyl® Mouth Sore Rinse, which prevents ulcers that can occur as a result of infection. Additionally, avoid straining your mouth muscles, and cut down on any acidic, sugary or hot foods that can sting when in contact with the injury. And, as always, continue brushing and flossing daily, taking care of the area around the wound.
Lip injuries can heal well when you give them the proper care. But wearing the right gear and keeping safety in mind is the best way to prevent them.