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Accidentally biting your tongue while eating or chewing gum is relatively common. There are a few rare incidents when an accident, blow to the face or sports injury can seriously harm your tongue.

Here at DM Family Dentistry, we offer a few basic first-aid tips to help you take care of an injured tongue.

Please note that a severe tongue injury with excessive bleeding, or if you’ve somehow bitten through your tongue, the situation likely warrants a direct trip to the emergency room.

You can use lukewarm saltwater to rinse away any blood or debris lingering in your mouth. This can also help soothe injured tissues. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth because it could irritate the tongue injury.

If your tongue is bleeding profusely, you could try to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze. Then, apply some light pressure by holding your tongue with your fingers or by pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the bleeding continues for more than 20 minutes or if 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 injured your tongue or if you would like more first-aid tips to help in an oral injury or emergency in Chicago, Illinois, you can call 773.252.5757 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal.