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There are rare times when a blow to the face from a household accident or a sporting event can injure your tongue. If your tongue or some other part of our mouth is significantly wounded, you might need to apply some basic first-aid while assessing the need for professional care.

If you have unwanted debris in your mouth from oral trauma, 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.

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 other urgent care facility.

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 grasp your tongue 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 the bleeding persists after half an hour or the pain is getting worse, it’s a clear sign that your tongue injury requires professional treatment.

If you are in the Evansville, Indiana, area and you need additional advice for treating an oral trauma, you can always call Cross Pointe Dental at 812-476-6064 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Bradley Bath.