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A hard fall or a blow to the face during athletics that impacts your chin can cause you to accidentally bite down hard on your tongue. In some of these cases, the damage to the tongue is minor. However, there have been some rare occasions where an individual’s tongue is significantly traumatized or bitten into deeply.

In a situation like this, some basic first-aid will help manage the pain and determine your need for professional treatment. Assessing the severity of the damage to your tongue and other soft tissues will help. If you have blood in your mouth you can gently rinse it away with lukewarm saltwater. This might also help sooth other traumatized tissues in your mouth

If the bleeding persists or you’ve bitten through your tongue you will likely need to seek professional treatment at the Emergency Room. You might be able to control some light bleeding by wrapping your tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingertips, you might be able to press the injured part of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the pain is getting worse or you simply can’t get the bleeding to you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room to seek professional treatment. If you live in the Mill Creek, Washington, area and you need help assessing a tongue injury you can call 425-337-5549 to speak to Dr. Kerry Olszewski or another a staff member at Mill Creek General Dentistry.