We’ve all had a time or two when we’ve accidentally bitten our own tongue. While there might be a quick shock of pain it rarely causes any significant injury. However, there are times when something like a blow to the face or sports accident could significantly injure your tongue. In some extreme situations, some individuals have an accident that imparts enough force to cause them to bite through their tongue.
Whether you’ve bitten your own tongue, or a blow to the face has injured your tongue, there are a few basic first aid considerations that Dr. Carrie Guernsey recommends. A severely injured tongue often warrants a trip to the emergency room.
You can use lukewarm salt water to rinse away any blood or debris lingering in your mouth. This can also help soothe injured tissues. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as it could irritate the tongue injury.
If your tongue is bleeding, you could try to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you might be able to press the injured part of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
If the bleeding continues for more than twenty minutes or you find that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room or urgent care facility to seek further treatment.
If you have an injured tongue, you can call Dr. Carrie Guernsey at 781-662-1999 to seek advice or schedule an appointment.