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Accidentally biting your tongue while eating a meal or chewing gum is a relatively normal occurrence that rarely causes a serious problem. There are some rare instances when an accidental fall, blow to the face or other oral trauma can cause a more significant tongue injury. Here at Texas Teeth, your dentist, Dr. Scharla Collins, offers these key insights to help you offer quality first aid or to help you determine if it needs professional treatment.

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 saltwater can also help soothe injured tissues.

If your 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.

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 as this can lead to stomach upset.

If the bleeding persists for longer than 30 minutes, or if the pain is getting worse, it’s a clear sign that the tongue injury requires professional treatment.

For further insights on how to provide first aid for an injured tongue in Mesquite, Texas, you can always call Texas Teeth at 972-270-2062.