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Accidents and injuries can happen to any part of your body, including your mouth. Sometimes a hard fall or blow to the face to injure your tongue or cause you to bite down on it very hard. A severe injury with excessive bleeding or piercing of the tongue usually warrants a trip to the emergency room. If your tongue is only modestly injured, there are a few things you can do to help manage the problem.

If there is blood or debris lingering in your mouth, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This can also help soothe injured tissues. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as it could irritate the injured area. If your tongue continues to bleed in your mouth, you should try not to swallow too much blood as this could cause stomach upset and nausea.

You can try to stop the bleeding by wrapping your tongue a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you could try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If after 20 minutes, the bleeding persists or you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room to seek further treatment.

If you have questions about the best way to deal with an injured tongue, or you would like us to look at it, please feel free to Rocky Ridge Dental Associates at 205-979-8070 to schedule an appointment.