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Sometimes an accidental blow to the mouth or chin can cause you to bite down excessively hard on your tongue. This can cause pain, bleeding, and potential lingual lacerations.

If you or someone nearby has just suffered a problem like this, you might need to administer some basic first aid to determine the need for more professional treatment.

Assessing the severity of the trauma to the tongue will certainly help in determining the most effective treatment plan. If there is blood lingering in the mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe injured soft tissues while providing a less obstructed view.

If the bleeding persists or the tongue has been bitten through, you will likely need to seek professional treatment at the Emergency Room.

More moderate bleeding might be controlled by wrapping the tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with the fingertips, the tongue can be pressed to the roof of your mouth.

If the pain continues to worsen or you simply can’t get the bleeding to stop, you should go directly to the Emergency Room to seek professional treatment.

If you live in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and you need help assessing a tongue injury you can call 337-347-7210 to speak to a staff member at Theriot Family Dental Care. Our dentist, Dr. John Theriot, and our team are happy to assist you.