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Blood in the Mouth
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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.
|IF YOU SEE||TO STOP 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.|