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Accidentally biting on your tongue when you’re enjoying a snack or a meal can give you a shock of pain and can be a bit of a nuisance, yet these situations rarely result in a significant injury. However, there are other times when a hard blow to the face or a bad fall can cause a serious tongue injury. To help you render first aid and assess your potential need for professional treatment, your dentist, Dr. Gloria Barredo, offers the following insights.

You can use lukewarm saltwater to rinse away any blood or debris lingering in your mouth. This can also help soothe injured tissues. Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as it can easily irritate the tongue injury. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you shouldn’t swallow the blood as this can upset your stomach.

If you believe that you have bitten through your tongue, you should seek care at the emergency room or an urgent care center.

If your tongue is bleeding but the wound is not severe, you can wrap it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If the bleeding persists after 20 to 30 minutes or you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room or a nearby urgent care facility for more advanced treatment.

If you are struggling to provide quality first aid to a tongue injury in Jupiter, Florida, you can always call 561-741-8008 to seek professional advice from our team at Gloria Barredo, DMD.