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An accidental fall, sports injury, or a household accident, could impact your chin causing you to bite down hard on your tongue. In a situation like this, the soft tissue trauma can vary in severity. A minor nip on the edge of your tongue might only cause minimal discomfort. While a more severe incident could cause you to accidentally bite deeply into your tongue.

Applying some simple first-aid can help alleviate pain and prevent further complications. It can also help to assess the need for professional care from a trained physician or if it warrants a trip to the Emergency Room.

If you have excess blood in your mouth you can rinse it away with a little lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe traumatized tissues. You can help manage the pain by lightly applying a small amount of topical oral anesthetic.

You might be able to control any bleeding by wrapping your tongue with a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you’re struggling to hold your tongue firmly with your fingers, you could try pressing it, to the roof of your mouth. If possible, you should try to spit out excess blood, to prevent an upset stomach.

If your tongue is bleeding excessively or you’ve somehow bitten through it you should not delay in seeking care at the Emergency Room or an urgent care facility.

If you are in the Lake City, Florida, area and you need additional advice for treating an oral trauma, you can always call 386.752.1342 to speak to a staff member at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA.