Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Injured Gum 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:
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Injured Gum Warning Signs

Notify your dentist or doctor if you have a gum injury and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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