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Tongue injuries can occur in a wide range of severity and from different sources. Most result from accidentally biting your lip during a meal and they are rarely severe. At most, they tend to cause minor swelling that fades with time or perhaps a tiny spot of blood.  

Yet a more significant tongue injury from an accident or oral trauma might need timely first aid and assessment to determine if professional care is necessary.

The first step is to assess the severity of the tongue injury. If you have stray debris and blood lingering in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help soothe other traumatized tissues.

If the bleeding persists or if you’ve bitten through your tongue, Dr. Soren Michaelsen and Dr. Nathan Bulleigh.might recommend seeking professional treatment at the emergency room.

If your tongue is bleeding moderately, you could try to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and by applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you might be able to press the injured part of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the pain is getting worse or if you can’t control the bleeding, you should strongly consider going to the emergency room or urgent care facility to seek further treatment.

If you live in the Catoosa, Oklahoma, area and you’ve suffered a significant tongue injury, you can always call 918-266-6470 to seek professional advice from the staff at [practice name].