Your tongue is not locked into place in your mouth. There are times when a hard fall or some form of household accident can impact your chin causing you to bite down hard on your own tongue. In these situations, the pain and bleeding can sometimes be significant. Applying some basic first-aid will help manage the discomfort, manage the bleeding, and aid in determining the need for professional care.
It’s important to assess the severity of the oral trauma. If your tongue is bleeding excessively or you are in extreme pain, you should strongly consider seeking professional care at an Emergency Room.
Gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help clear 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.
To help control the bleeding you can wrap your tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.
If your tongue continues to bleed for more than half an hour or the pain worsens you should strongly consider going the Emergency Room to seek professional care.
If you live in the Westborough, Massachusetts, area and you need further advice for treating a tongue injury, you can always call 508-366-1911 to speak to Dr. George Ghaly or a member of staff at George Ghaly, DDS.