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Accidentally biting your tongue while chewing gum or eating food can be a serious annoyance, but it rarely causes enough damage to warrant treatment. However, there are rare instances when an accident, blow to the face or sports injury can result in a significant lip injury. In a time like this, your dentist, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib, offers these basic first-aid tips.

It’s important to get a clear understanding of the significance of your tongue injury. If you have blood or debris in your mouth, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater.

If the bleeding is excessive, or if you’ve bitten through your lip, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib strongly recommends seeking care at the emergency room or urgent care clinic.

If your tongue is 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 your fingers, you might be able to press the injured part of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the bleeding continues for more than 20 minutes or if you find that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider seeking further treatment.

If you’ve injured your tongue in Santa Rosa, California, and you’re concerned about offering quality care, you can always call Preferred Dental at 707-544-8338 to seek professional advice and treatment.