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Household accidents, automotive collisions, and sports injuries can sometimes cause a blow to the face or chin that causes you to bite down hard on your tongue. This can sometimes cause significant pain, bleeding, and trauma.

In a situation like this Dr. Mark L. Pitel and the oral care specialists at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC offer some key first-aid insights to help manage the situation and assess the need for professional care.

Gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater might help clear away any blood to give you a better look at the injury to your tongue. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash as it can easily irritate the tongue injury.

You might be able to control minor bleeding by wrapping your injured tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If your tongue continues to bleed for more than half an hour or the pain is worsening, you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room or some other urgent care facility.

If you live in the Poughkeepsie, New York, area and you need further advice for treating a tongue injury, you can always call 845-454-0790 to speak to Dr. Mark L. Pitel or one of the other oral care specialists at Mark L. Pitel, DMD, PC.