First Aid for an Injured Tongue

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A fall, an accident or blow to the face can result in a tongue injury. Should this happen, you want to be prepared with the correct knowledge on appropriate first aid and emergency care. That’s why we at Family Dental of Roscoe’s Chicago, Illinois clinic offer you the following information.

If your tongue bleeds profusely and doesn’t stop, this probably indicates the need for professional care, whether at the emergency room or at an urgent care clinic. If your tongue is bleeding excessively, please do not swallow too much blood. This can cause nausea.

A gentle rinse with lukewarm salt water can clear away any blood or debris that remains in your mouth so as to give you a better look at the wound. It may also soothe any damaged tissue and pain. Avoid antiseptic mouthwash as well as it can easily aggravate the tongue injury.

You can stop minor bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with fingers, try simply pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the bleeding persists after 20 minutes, or the pain increases, you will need to go to the emergency room or a nearby urgent care facility for more advanced treatment.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and are seeking further advice for your tongue injury, you can always call 773-327-6500 to speak to a member of Dr. Nidal Obeid’s staff.