Unfortunately, minor tongue injuries can occur while you are eating, but they are typically an uncomfortable inconvenience rather than a significant case of oral trauma. Other circumstances can result in a more severe tongue injury that requires the use of first aid or professional treatment from a dentist. To help you determine the severity of a tongue injury and how it should be treated, please refer to the following information.
First, you will need to assess the severity of the tongue injury. Use lukewarm salt water to rinse away any blood or debris in your oral cavity, but don’t use an antiseptic mouthwash or else you may only irritate the tongue injury further. If there is excessive bleeding from the tongue, spit out the blood instead of swallowing it so that you don’t upset your stomach.
You can wrap some layers of sterile gauze around your bleeding tongue and apply mild pressure, either with your fingers, or by gently pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. If bleeding persists beyond 20 to 30 minutes or the pain seems to be growing worse, you may need to visit the emergency room or your nearest source of urgent care to receive professional treatment.
For more information on how to treat a tongue injury in Tucker, Georgia, contact Lavista Park Family Dentistry at (770)-939-5122 today to speak with our dentist, Dr. Ayesha Rahman.