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Most tongue injuries are minor. They are often caused by accidentally biting the edge of your tongue when chewing or by accidentally bumping your head. However, sometimes athletic accidents or a hard fall can cause contact the chin or top of the head with such force that it causes you to accidentally bite down hard on your tongue while causing significant soft tissue trauma

Providing some thoughtful first-aid in these situations can help manage the pain and complications, while you to assess the need for professional care at Dr. Bachar Saba’s clinic.

The first step is to get a clear look at the traumatized tissues. Any lingering blood in your mouth can be gently rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater.

If the bleeding is significant, you might be able to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you find it difficult to hold the gauze in place with your fingers, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If the bleeding persists for more than half an hour or the pain is worsening, you should strongly consider going the Emergency Room for more advanced treatment.

If you are in the Walpole, Massachusetts, area and you need further advice on how to treat a tongue injury, you can always call (508) 668-1531 to speak to Dr. Bachar Saba or one of the oral care specialists at B. SABA DMD, PC.