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Bitten or chewed lip

About bitten or chewed lips after dental treatment:

Some dental treatments will require your child to be anesthetized (numbed). As the anesthetic wears off, your child will experience a tingling sensation in the mouth, tongue and/or cheek areas. It is important to monitor your child for the next 2-3 hours after treatment to ensure that he or she does not bite or scratch at these numbed areas. You should also avoid giving your child solid food until the numbness has worn off. Instead, opt for soft snacks such as Jell-o, frozen yogurt, milkshakes and/or smoothies.
If your child bites his or her cheek, tongue or lip, there may be swelling over the next 2-3 days. A soft scab may develop that looks like a yellowish white plaque. This is a normal part of the healing process. The lesion should heal over the next 10-14 days.

What you can do:

  • Keep the area clean, being sure to brush teeth and rinse with warm water after eating.
  • Apply a 20% benzocaine paste (Orabase®) over the affected area.
  • You may give your child children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®) if he or she is in pain.