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Chances are pretty good there’s been more than once you accidentally bit your tongue while you were eating, or perhaps chewing gum. While these accidental nips can give you a good yikes of pain, or even a small lump, it’s pretty rare for them to cause any significant harm.

There are also rare instances when times when an accident, blow to the face, or sports injury can result in a significant tongue injury. For these times Jackson Dental offers a few essential first aid tips for taking care of an injured tongue.

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 your 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 would like more tips on how to take care of a tongue injury or you’d like to know more about how to treat common oral emergencies, you can call Jackson Dental at 810-667-3535 to schedule a consultation appointment.