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Aggressive sports that involve significant body contact and potential contact with the mouth or face often require the use of a protective mouth guard, as well as other safety equipment. Yet any sports can potentially result in contact between a hard part of one person’s body and the face of another.

In a situation like this, the oral care specialists at Bee Family Dentistry offer these basic first-aid insights.

Sometimes dried blood can be gently wiped away with a warm wet washcloth. Applying light pressure to a sterile gauze bandage might help control the bleeding. If traumatized soft tissues bleed excessively for more than 20 minutes you should seek emergency care.

A cold compress can help an area of swelling for up to 20 minutes at a time. If necessary, you can improvise a cold compress with a bag of frozen vegetables, wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel.

If the person being treated is still experiencing significant pain, bleeding, or distress after more than half an hour, you should strongly consider seeking care at the Emergency Room or an Urgent Care Clinic.

If you are in the San Antonio, Texas area, and you need advice for treating oral trauma, you can always call 210-690-9430 to speak to a member of Dr. Catherine Boenitz’s staff.