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It’s not uncommon for something like a hard fall or a blow to the face to cause you to accidentally bite and injure your tongue. In some cases, this can actually result in bleeding and pain. In a few extreme cases, people have even bitten through their tongue!

If your injured tongue is bleeding excessively, you should strongly consider going directly to the emergency room. If the injury isn’t critical, but still requires first aid, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker offers a few basic first aid considerations for taking care of your injured tongue.

The first step is to rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm salt water. This will help wash away any blood or debris in your mouth and give you a better look at the situation. The salt water can also help soothe injured tissues.

Wrapping your tongue a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure can help control the bleeding. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you could try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Try not to swallow too much blood as this can lead to stomach upset.

If after 20 to 30 minutes, the bleeding persists or you feel that the pain is getting worse, it’s a clear sign that the tongue injury requires professional treatment in the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

If you have oral first aid questions, or you would like further tips on how to handle oral emergencies in Bridgeton, New Jersey, you can call Shanker Dental at 856-455-1183 to set up a consultation with our dentist.