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How To Treat a Cut in Your Mouth

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
male patient holding his hand up to his lower jaw and grimacing with painA cut inside the mouth or on your lip can be excruciating, and it can happen to anyone. Oral injury is rather common and can occur when playing sports, chewing, or falling down. The skin in the mouth is very soft, so any minor injury can break the skin. Cuts in the mouth can cause swelling and even sting when eating or drinking.

What To Do When You Have a Cut in Your Mouth

When dealing with a cut inside your mouth, the first thing to do is to start by thoroughly washing your hands with soap and water. If possible, opt for a pair of gloves. The next step is to clean the cut by rinsing the area with water. If there is still bleeding, then you should grab a clean towel and press it against the area until the bleeding stops. In addition, you should also remove any debris in the mouth. When treating a cut, especially in your mouth, it is important to not apply any creams. Instead, once the bleeding stops, seek medical attention.

Medical Treatment

If you have a cut in the mouth, then you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Some of the treatment options that your dentist could offer include:


If you have a deep cut that is gaping open, then your dentist may recommend stitches. However, it is not common for a dentist to recommend this treatment option because cuts typically heal on their own.


When your cut causes an infection in the mouth, you will need antibiotics. It is vital that you follow the instructions given by your doctor by completing the entire dose. Do not stop just because the cut has healed.

It is important to visit the dentist whether you have a severe or minor cut. Most people do not think that it is necessary to go to the dentist if you have a minor cut, but this is not always the case. Therefore, always consult with your dentist, who will offer the best course of treatment.

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