Trauma to the tongue is quite common. It can occur when we’re talking, eating, and even playing sports without a mouthguard. Although it’s common, it’s also quite inconvenient. So, to help you deal with a bitten or injured tongue, our dentist, Dr. Richard Timm, has a few tips to share.
First, rinse your mouth. It’s best to rinse with warm water rather than mouthwash. The mouthwash will make the injury sting. Swishing with water can help remove any substances that don’t belong in the mouth. It will also wash away some of the blood. However, sometimes rinsing can be painful, so if this is the case for you, don’t worry too much about it.
Second, try to stop the bleeding. This might be a tough task because the tongue is slippery, but try the best you can. You can stop the bleeding by wrapping the tongue in a cloth or gauze and then applying pressure. If you can’t apply pressure with your fingers, just push the tongue to the roof of the mouth.
Third, reduce the swelling as much as possible. This can be done by icing the tongue. Grab an ice cube, wrap it in a cloth, and place it on the injured area of the tongue. Ice it for 15 minutes at a time. This will reduce swelling as well as dull the pain.
However, the situation is different if you have severely injured your tongue. If you have bitten a piece of your tongue off or if you cannot control the bleeding and swelling, it’s important to visit your physician or an Urgent Care facility.
To learn more about how to care for an injured tongue in Oakdale, Minnesota, please contact All Family Dental today at 651.222.9715 when you can. Our dental team will be more than happy to assist you and help your tongue recover!