Gums are soft tissues in your mouth. They are delicate and suffer cuts easily. They also bleed easily, so don’t be alarmed when even the tiniest abrasion causes you to bleed. It may also seem like you’re bleeding a lot, but more than likely it’s the blood and saliva combined. It’s probably not as much as you think. Here’s how to avoid and treat gum injuries.
Cut on Gums: Causes, Treatment & Prevention
Toothbrush bristles. Dental floss. Sharp foods, such as chips. Toothpicks or other pointy objects (such as a pencil) you may put in your mouth. Playing sports. These are all things that can lead to injuring your gums. Many cuts on gums heal just fine on their own. If you’re wondering how serious a gum cut can get or how to heal a cut on your gum, you’re in the right place!
Treatment for and Healing Gum Cuts
If you suffer from a cut, rinse your mouth with salt water or an antiseptic rinse. Apply pressure to the area and ice. This will help stop the bleeding and help soothe any pain. If you continue to bleed, contact your dental professional. How long do cut gums take to heal? That depends on the individual and the type of injury. Most cuts heal on their own without medical attention. If your cut isn’t healing, definitely contact your dental or healthcare provider to find out if you need additional medical attention.
Kids, by nature, are at a greater risk of suffering from a mouth injury. They may happen during play or a sport. If your child gets a cut on his or her gum, here’s what you should do.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before examining your child’s mouth
- Clean the gum area with cool water
- Apply pressure with a gauze or a clean cloth
- To help lessen the swelling and bleeding, have your child suck on an ice cube or popsicle.
This applies to adults and children. Contact your dental professional or doctor for these reasons:
- Bleeding doesn’t stop after 5 minutes of pressure
- The cut is greater than ½ inch lengthwise
- The cut is a puncture wound
- The cut was caused by a rusty object.
Sometimes accidents happen. You bite down on a chip or pretzel, and it cuts your gum inadvertently. Or maybe you have a pencil or a toothpick in your mouth, and it slips and cuts your gum. To prevent cuts from happening, we’re not asking you to give up chips, but you may want to keep the sharp non-food items out of your mouth.
If you have an athlete in your family, and especially if they’re playing a contact sport, a mouthguard is a great way to help prevent oral injuries. They are available to buy ready-made or can be custom fit with the help of your dental professional. They may save the wearer not only from possible gum injuries, but also from broken teeth!
Your gums are an important part of your mouth. Like any part of your body, they can get injured. The good news is that most gum cuts heal with a little TLC from you. However, if you have a cut that is longer than ½ inch, a puncture wound that happened with a rusty object, or it won’t stop bleeding, get in touch with your dental professional or your doctor. Take care of your gums so they can continue to take care of your teeth!