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A minor tongue injury, from accidentally biting yourself when eating or chewing gum rarely causes significant damage to the soft tissues. Unfortunately, there are other times when an oral trauma or sports accident causes more significant damage to the tongue.

In a situation like this, you will need to take some first aid measures to assess the trauma, and determine if professional care is needed.

Any lingering debris of blood in your mouth you can gently be rinsed away with a little lukewarm salt water. This will give you a better view of the trauma to your tongue.

If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you shouldn’t swallow the blood as this can upset your stomach. You might be able to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you’re having a hard time holding the gauze in place, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If after 20 to 30 minutes, the bleeding persists or 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 in the Eagle River, Alaska area and you need further advice on how to treat a tongue injury, you can always call 907-694-8234 to speak to a staff member at Eagle Summit Dental Group’s clinic.