Something happened! What do I do?
I bit my tongue, lip or cheek and it's bleeding!
Apply ice to the bruised areas. Apply firm but gentle pressure with
a clean gauze pad or cloth. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, or if it can't
be controlled by simple pressure, go to a hospital emergency room.
Note: The tips on the these pages follow the guidelines set out by the American Academy of
Pediatric Dentistry and have been reviewed and approved by a licensed, qualified dentist.
Even so, sometimes opinions may differ on the best thing to do in an emergency situation,
so check with your regular dentist for more guidance. You should always consult your local
dentist concerning specific treatment questions and options.
Don't have a regular dentist? If it's a real emergency, you can always go to the nearest hospital.
They'll most likely have a dentist they can call to come in and help.
In the United States, call the American Dental Association (312-440-2617;
www.ada.org) or the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (312-337-2169;
www.aapd.org) for an accredited pediatric dentist in your area.
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