Mouth Injury Help
May 12, 2005 5:13 PM   Subscribe

What's the best way to promote healing for a section of abraded gum?

Klutz that I am, I stabbed myself in the inner aspect of my gum (with the sharp edge of a tortilla chip!) right below my two front lower teeth. This is, of course, right where the tip of my tongue rubs when speaking, drinking, eating and pretty much doing anything other than sleeping. (Or so I've gathered, since it feels better when I wake up in the morning but starts hurting again as soon as I start speaking.) I've been trying desperately to keep my tongue away from the spot and I rinse after each meal with warm salt water and use Peroxyl rinse morning and evening, but the abraded area remains swollen and painful after a full week. Any suggestions on ways to promote or speed the healing of the abrasion so that I can feel normal again?
posted by Dreama to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
Wear a hockey mouth guard; that should put some space between tongue and gums, but the guard probably won't touch the gums, so it'll give them time and space to heal. Or you could see an orthodontist.
posted by AlexReynolds at 5:43 PM on May 12, 2005

Try directly applying any antibiotic you have on hand, Smash into a powder if it is in pill form. This works for a toothache too.
posted by JohnR at 5:46 PM on May 12, 2005

I've had good luck in such cases by applying baking soda. Rub it into the affected area so it forms a paste, let sit for a minute, then rinse with water. Repeat as often as you like.

Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth that can make injuries turn into canker sores, and it's salty so it numbs the pain temporarily.
posted by naomi at 5:47 PM on May 12, 2005

Best answer: Get some Amosan - it tastes horrible, but in my experience, one or two rinses work amazingly well.
posted by fionab at 6:38 PM on May 12, 2005

For a simple abrasion (albeit a really painful one. I have done this a number of times with tortilla chips too) like this, I wouldn't expect this reaction, or the duration at least.

It sounds like (possibly) like it is infected, which (doubly speculative here) might indicate that there is a microchip (ha!) lodged in the wound, promoting the puffiness and counteracting your mouth's healing process? Maybe you need to rinse more vigorously? try to dislodge the little guy?

oh, in case anyone had any doubts, IA_obviously_NAD.
posted by misterbrandt at 6:41 PM on May 12, 2005

I second Amosan - that stuff is awesome.
posted by gottabefunky at 7:07 PM on May 12, 2005

Three for Amosan--are you getting the idea--if that does not work see a dentist--an abrasion in the mouth should clear up in a week to ten days
posted by rmhsinc at 7:34 PM on May 12, 2005

Does this Amosan stuff work to stop the transition of small wounds into canker sores?
posted by sirion at 9:10 PM on May 12, 2005

Maybe you need to rinse more vigorously? try to dislodge the little guy?

Clean out the wound with a Water-Pik or a Sonicare. Yes, it'll hurt like the dickens.
posted by kindall at 9:41 PM on May 12, 2005

posted by krisjohn at 10:58 PM on May 12, 2005

If you're talking canker sores and the like you can also use a little yogurt witch active Lactobacillus acidophilus. Helps clear those puppies up right quick (and is yums to boot!).
posted by raygun21 at 1:17 AM on May 13, 2005

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