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Sports injuries and household accidents can sometimes impact the mouth with incredible force. In some of these moments, the damage to soft tissues and teeth can be significant and requires some essential first aid measures while you seek professional treatment.


Gently rinsing your mouth with a small amount of lukewarm saltwater can often help clear away any excess blood and oral debris. Any lacerated soft tissues should not be manipulated. If you need help controlling the bleeding in a specific area you might want to try packing in a modest amount of sterile gauze


Sometimes pain management can be addressed by consuming a standard dose of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. Gently rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the surrounding gums and soft tissues might also help numb the area while you seek treatment from a dentist like Dr. Shelly Ereth Barone.


Soft tissue bruising or areas that start to swell might be addressed by gently applying a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time. If you don’t have one on hand a bag of frozen vegetables might suffice.


Once you arrive at Shelly Ereth Barone we will work quickly assess the severity trauma to teeth, gums and soft tissues to develop an effective treatment plan.


If you are in the Metairie, Louisiana, area and you have suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 504-832-1164 to seek emergency dental treatment at Shelly Ereth Barone.