Gum Injury Home Care
Home care for a gum injury includes:
- Avoid alcohol.
- Avoid citrus juice.
- Avoid salty foods.
- Eat a soft diet.
- Stop smoking.
- Apply cold compresses:
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Maintain good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime.
- Brush gently, using a soft toothbrush.
- Floss your teeth carefully every day.
- Gargle with dilute saltwater three times per day.
- Follow your doctor's instructions if you have stitches.
- Acetaminophen for pain and fever
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Gum Injury Warning Signs
Notify your dentist or doctor if you have a gum injury and any of the following:
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