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While it is rare, there are times when an impact to your chin or head causes you to bite your tongue. In an extreme situation, the trauma to your tongue can be severe. To help manage the pain and minimize complications while assessing the need for professional care, Dr. Jessica G. McConnell, DDS & Daniel J. Woolf, DDS offer some of the following tips.

Rinse your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater solution to clear the blood away and to allow you to assess the severity of the wound.

If your tongue is bleeding, you might want to apply a sterile gauze pad to the area and press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Try not to swallow an excessive amount of blood as this can cause nausea. If your tongue does not stop bleeding, after 30 minutes, or if the pain worsens, you should seek care from a physician or consider visiting your local emergency room.

If you are in the Fuquay Varina, North Carolina, area and you need further advice on how to manage a tongue injury, you can always call 919-552-5113 to speak to a staff member at McConnell and Woolf Family Dentistry.