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Serious tongue injuries are somewhat rare, and they can range in severity. Most are minor and relate to some oral accident like accidentally biting your lip during a meal or quick snack. Yet there are other times when a more serious tongue injury requires timely first aid, and possibly the attention of a trained physician.

In a situation like this, Dr. Bartholemew Schultz and the specialists at Smiles of Distinction offer a few helpful insights to manage the pain and determine the need for emergency room care.

The first step is to assess the severity of the tongue injury. If you have stray debris and blood lingering in your mouth from some form of oral trauma, you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm salt water. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues.

If the bleeding persists or you’ve bitten through your tongue, you will likely need to seek professional treatment at the emergency room.

To control more moderate bleeding, you could try to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with 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 you can’t control the bleeding, you should strongly consider going the emergency room or urgent care facility to seek further treatment.

If you live in the Savage, Minnesota, area and you’ve suffered a significant tongue injury, you can always call 952-894-2545 to seek professional advice from one of the team members at [practice_team].