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Children tend to be energetic and accident prone. Sometimes a day of vigorous play can lead to an accidental blow to the mouth capable of damaging teeth or harming soft oral tissues.

In a moment like this some simple first aid might be needed while you seek professional care from a dentist like Dr. Randy Cockrell.

Any dried blood on their face or lips can be gently wiped away with a warm, wet washcloth. Any lingering blood or other material in their mouth can be rinsed away with a small amount of lukewarm saltwater.

If soft tissues have been lacerated and bleeding excessively you can gently pack the area with sterile gauze. They can then bite down lightly or apply mild pressure with their hands.

Bruising or early signs of swelling might be minimized by lightly applying a cold compress to the area for up to 20 minutes. If you don’t have one readily available, you can improvise a cold compress by placing crushed ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or light towel.

Once you arrive at Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry our dentist can assess the severity of the damage to teeth and soft tissues to help determine the most effective treatment strategy.

If you live in the Anaheim Hills, California, area and someone near you had just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should call 714-974-0949 to seek emergency treatment at Randy Cockrell, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.