Tongue injuries are often associated with an accidental blow to the head or jaw that causes the individual to bite down on their tongue. In some of these cases, the injury can cause significant pain and bleeding. Applying some basic first aid for the tongue and other distressed oral tissues can help manage pain and avoid further complications while you contact our dentist, Dr. Daniel Richards.
Accumulated blood in your mouth can be gently rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater.
If the tongue is bleeding significantly, you might try wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze while applying light pressure. If you find it difficult to hold your tongue with your fingers, you could try pressing it to the roof of your mouth. A standard dose of an over the counter pain medication might help with pain management while are waiting for your appointment at Daniel Richards, DMD. The dentist can then assess the severity of the injury to your tongue and other oral tissues, before presenting you with the most effective treatment plan.
If you are in the Vestavia Hills, Alabama, area and you or someone near you has just suffered a significant tongue injury, you should call (205) 823-6300 to seek emergency treatment with Dr. Daniel Richards.