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Blood in the Mouth

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HealthWiki > Where There Is No Dentist > Chapter 7 Part 2: Some Special Problems > Blood in the Mouth

Use wet cotton gauze to wipe away the old blood from inside the mouth. Then you can see where it is coming from. Treat the cause of the bleeding.

a large red clot growing out of a socket where you have taken out a tooth 1. Remove the clot with cotton tweezers.
2. Ask the person to bite on a piece of cotton.
sore and bleeding gums and the mouth smells bad (Vincent’s infection) 1. Rinse with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
2. Remove as much tartar as you can.
a red, bleeding growth inside the cavity in a tooth Take out the tooth; it has an abscess.
a loose tooth with bleeding gums around it Hold the tooth with wires, or if the root is broken, take out the tooth.
torn gums with broken bone and bleeding 1. With wire, hold the broken parts of the bone together.
2. Send the person to an experienced dental worker.

This page was updated:19 Feb 2018