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Accidentally biting your tongue when you’re chewing gum or eating a snack is rarely a serious problem. Unfortunately, there are other rare occasions when something like a hard fall causes a significant tongue injury. To help provide quality first aid in these instances, your dentist, Dr. Lisa K. Attaway, offers these key insights.

The severity of your tongue injury can be a major factor in determining the best way to treat it. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you should probably go directly 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. Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as it can easily irritate the tongue injury. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you shouldn’t swallow the blood as this can upset your stomach.

If your tongue is bleeding, you can wrap it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If after 20 minutes the bleeding persists or if you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the emergency room or a nearby urgent care facility for more advanced treatment.

If you are interested in learning more tips about how to render first aid for common oral emergencies in Rockwall, Texas, you can always call Family Dentistry of Rockwall at 972-772-3900 to schedule a consultation appointment.