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It’s not uncommon for something like a hard fall or blow to the face to injure your tongue. In some cases, this can result in bleeding and pain. In an extreme case, it is possible for you to actually bite through your tongue.

If your injured tongue is bleeding excessively, you should strongly consider going directly to the emergency room or other urgent-care facility. If the injury isn’t critical but it still requires first aid, our Complete Dental Care team offers a few essential first-aid tips that will help you take care of an injured tongue.

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

Wrapping your tongue with a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure can help control the bleeding. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you could 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, the tongue injury may require professional treatment in the emergency room or urgent-care clinic.

If you would like to know more about oral first-aid in Whitaker, Pennsylvania, you can always call our office at 412-567-0927 and talk to your dentist, Dr. Robert Doyle, or a member of our friendly dental team.