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Household accidents and sports injuries can sometimes include a traumatic blow to the face. When this happens you might accidentally bite down hard on your tongue. In many of these situations, you will need to administer some basic first-aid while seeking professional care.

Any lingering debris or blood in your mouth can be gently rinsed away with a little lukewarm salt water. This will give you a better view to assessing the damage to your tongue

Try not to swallow the blood as this can upset your stomach. You might be able to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you’re having a hard time holding the gauze in place you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If after 20 to 30 minutes, the bleeding persists or you feel that the pain is getting worse, you should strongly consider going the Emergency Room or a nearby urgent care facility for more advanced treatment.

If you are in the Pasadena, California, area and need further advice on how to treat a tongue injury, you can always call 626-793-2273 to speak to a member of our experienced staff at Hansen Dental Care. Dr. Robert E. Hansen Jr., DDS and our team are here to help you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile!