A Tongue Injury Might Need First-Aid While Determining the Need for Further Care
Posted on August 15th, 2017
Most of the time your tongue is tucked safely away in your mouth. Accidentally biting on the side of it while eating or chewing gum rarely causes significant trauma. However, there are other instances when a hard fall or household accident can cause you to bite down hard on your tongue. Some individuals have even bitten deeply into the soft tissues or bitten through their tongue.
In a situation like this, Dr. Daniel McKay, DDS and the oral care specialists at McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry offer some key first-aid insights. The following measures can help you manage the injury while determining the need for professional care or taking a trip to the Emergency Room.
A gentle rinse with lukewarm saltwater might help clear away any blood to give you a better look at the wound. It might also help soothe injured tissues. Avoid using antiseptic mouthwash as it can easily irritate the tongue injury.
You might be able to control minor bleeding by wrapping your injured tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers you might try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
If your tongue continues to bleed for more than half an hour or the pain is worsening, you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room
If you live in the Seattle, Washington, area and you need further advice for treating a tongue injury, you can always call to speak to a member of McKay Center for Cosmetic and General Dentistry.
Written by Daniel McKay, DDS
Dr. McKay is the dentist for the Seattle University athletics department. He is also a proud fellow of the International Dental Implant Association. Since 1993, Dr. McKay has established himself as one of the finest dentists in Seattle with praise from his patients and respect from his colleagues.