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A blow to the face, hard fall or other oral accident has the potential to cause a tongue injury. While most are minor, there are some times when a tongue injury is significant enough to require basic first aid. To aid in this, your dentist, Dr. Shirin Mashhoon, offers these important insights.

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 it away with lukewarm saltwater.

If the bleeding is excessive or if you’ve bitten through your lip, your dentist 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 going the emergency room or urgent care facility to seek further treatment.

If you’ve injured your tongue and you’re concerned about offering quality first aid in Durham, North Carolina, you can seek further advice by calling 919-286-9090 to speak to a member of our Ninth Street Dental staff.