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It’s relatively common to accidentally nip your tongue while eating or chewing gum. In the vast majority of these cases, the injury is minor and just an inconvenience. However, there are other times when a blow to the face or other accident can cause a more serious tongue injury. In an extreme case, there have even been some people who have accidentally bitten through their tongue.

If your injured tongue is bleeding profusely, or if you’ve bitten through it, you likely need to seek professional treatment at the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

For a less-significant tongue injury, your All Care Dentistry dentist offers these important insights for providing first aid to your injured tongue.

The first step is to rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm saltwater. 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 in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure can help you control the bleeding. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you can try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Try not to swallow too much blood because this can lead to an upset stomach.

If the bleeding persists after 20 to 30 minutes, or if 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.

A tongue injury in Murray, Utah, can often be a serious cause for concern. You can always call Dr. David Powell at 801-266-1414 to seek further advice or treatment.