There are rare instances when a hard fall or sports injury can cause significant damage to your tongue. This might cause you to bite down hard or bite through your tongue. Sometimes this can cause pain, bleeding, or significant discomfort.
In a case like this, there are a few things you can do to help deal with the pain and reduce potential complications while you seek some form of professional care. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, you should seek immediate care at the Emergency Room or another urgent care provider.
If the trauma to your tongue is more moderate, you should still take measures to evaluate the severity of the problem. You can do this by rinsing your mouth softly with lukewarm saltwater. This will help wash away any blood or other unwanted material in your mouth.
You can try to control moderate bleeding by applying light pressure with a sterile gauze pad.Try not to swallow an excessive amount of blood as this can cause nausea.
If the bleeding continues for more than half an hour, or the pain is intensifying, the tongue injury certainly requires professional treatment.
If you are in the New York, New York, area and you need further advice on how to manage a tongue injury, you can always call (212) 579-0552 to talk to our dentists, Dr. Royzman and Dr. Zaygermakher, at Professional Dental & Implant Center.