If your child bites his lip, cheek or tongue following the administration of local anesthetic, please call the office for instructions.

If there is excessive bleeding from the mouth following dental treatment, please call the office and be prepared to return to the office for a no charge observation exam.

  • The signs of lip trauma from biting are:
  • A swollen lip (as much a three-times normal)
  • A raw lip surface
  • The affected area will be tender and sensitive to acidic and hot or spicy foods
  • The following day the lip surface will be covered by a white membranous “scab”

What to do:

  • Call the office and inform the dentist of the incident
  • Feel free to return to the office for observation
  • If you are in any way not satisfied with the advice
  • If the dentist feels it is necessary to see your child
  • You will not be charged
  • We want you to be comfortable and understand the injury and care
  • Keep your child well fed and hydrated
  • Popsicles and other frozen items will be comforting
  • Cold liquids are best and milkshakes are yummy
  • Avoid acidic and spicy juices or foods
  • Infection is extremely rare in cases of these self-inflicted wounds
  • Usually antibiotics are not necessary
  • Do not use Vaseline or petroleum jelly type products to coat the tissues
  • Use vitamin E oil if you desire to coat the surface

Normal healing will require a week

The signs of cheek trauma from biting are:

  • A raw and tattered looking inner mid-cheek area on affected side
  • The cheek may be swollen and “trapped” between the teeth on the affected side
  • The affected area will be tender and sensitive to acidic and hot foods
  • The next day the cheek’s inner surface may be covered by a white “scab”

What to do:

  • Call the office and inform the dentist of the incident
  • Call immediately if there is any bleeding
  • Follow instructions regarding lip damage
  • Stay on liquid diet until the child stops biting “trapped” cheek area

The signs of tongue trauma from biting are:

  • A swollen and tattered looking area on the affected side of the tongue
  • A deep cut and bleeding in the area of a tongue laceration

What to do:

  • If there is bleeding and your child is old enough to understand:
  • Place pressure on both sides of the tongue for five minutes
  • Use finger pressure with gauze or Kleenex
  • If there is still bleeding, bring your child to the office
  • Call the office to inform them of the incident and to alert the dentist
  • If your child can not follow directions or is not old enough to understand:
  • If there is bleeding bring the child directly to the office
  • Call the office to inform them of the incident and to alert the dentist
  • If the tongue is not bleeding:
  • Follow instructions regarding lip trauma