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An accident can happen in your mouth, just like any other part of your body. It’s not unheard of for someone to accidentally bite their tongue hard enough to cause minor swelling or even draw blood. Sometimes a hard fall or blow to the face can significantly wound your tongue. In extreme cases, there have even been people who have bitten through their tongue.

If the injury to your tongue is severe or there is excessive bleeding and pain, you should consider going directly to the emergency room. If the injury isn’t critical, but still requires first aid treatment, there are a few tips Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry suggests to help treat the problem at home.

You can try to stop the bleeding by wrapping your tongue a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, you could try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If after 20 minutes, the bleeding persists or you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room to seek further treatment.

If you have questions about the best way to deal with an injured tongue or you would like Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry to examine the wound, you can call 870-972-6985 to schedule an appointment.