At one point or another in our life, we’ve all experienced some sort of gums injury because gums are soft, moist and can easily be damaged from simple things like a slip of the toothbrush, or flossing too hard. For small injuries, gum injury healing usually happens by itself without any intervention, and the gums recover after a few weeks. However, there are some severe gum injuries that might need professional intervention. Usually, if the gum bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of applying pressure, it’s highly advised to seek medical attention. Other reasons to go to the hospital for a proper gum injury healing include, but are not limited to the following:
•The cut was caused by an object that’s rusty
•It was from an animal or human bite
•The gums appear infected
•The cut in the gum is more than .5 inch in length
Common Types of Gum Injuries and How to Treat Them
Foreign Bodies Lodged in Gums
When foreign objects such as toothpick splinters, and popcorn hulls get stuck in the gums, or in the area between the teeth in the gums, it can cause gum irritation or worse, infection. If this happens, try to gently floss up and down against a nearby tooth to free the foreign object. You can then try rinsing with mouthwash. Often times, these remedies work, but if it doesn’t, see a dentist as soon as possible to prevent infection.
This is the most usual form of gum injury and can be caused by a lot of factors: accidents, falls, brawls, etc. If the wound from the cut gum is bleeding heavily and doesn’t stop, seek medical attention right away and go to a dentist as soon as you can.
However, if the injury is not severe, it’s possible to treat the gum injury by yourself. First, stop the bleeding by applying pressure and after the bleeding stops, you can do the following:
•Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic wash, or if it’s not available, rinse it with salt and water to keep the wound clean.
•If the bleeding in your gums is quite heavy, apply gauze.
•To prevent swelling, apply an ice pack or cold compress
Healthy gums are usually pink in color, but if you find your gums to be red, sore, bleed after brushing and sensitive to extreme temperature, then it’s possible that it may be in the early stage of gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria found in plaque. If you experience any gum disease symptoms, it’s imperative that you see your dentist as soon as possible.