Tongue injuries are common, especially because the tongue sits next to strong oral bones—the teeth. Unfortunately, there are many things that can cause a tongue injury, like eating, talking, and playing sports and high-contact activities without a mouthguard. So, if you have suffered a tongue injury, our dentist, Dr. Paul Agyekum, has some recommendations on what to do to get through it.
First, rinse your mouth. Rinsing can help you wash away the blood and other unwanted debris in your mouth. It can also help you clean the wound. So, swish with warm water. If it’s too painful, don’t worry too much about it.
Second, try to stop the bleeding. This is an important step, and you can do it by wrapping the tongue in a cloth or gauze and applying pressure. The pressure is necessary because it’ll help the blood clot. If you can’t seem to apply enough pressure with the fingers, you can push the tongue to the roof of the mouth.
Third, reduce the swelling as much as possible. The best way to do this is by wrapping an ice cube with a washcloth or thin towel and placing it on the injured section of the tongue. Make sure to ice it 15 minutes at a time. This can reduce the swelling as well as help with the pain.
However, more action is required if you have severely injured your tongue. If you have bitten a piece of your tongue off, you have a severely deep cut on the tongue, or you cannot stop the bleeding, it’s important to visit a doctor or Emergency Room.
Do you have questions about how to aid an injured tongue in Detroit, Michigan? If so, please don’t hesitate to call Ryan-Eight Mile Family Dentistry at 313-891-1900. When you contact our dental team, we will be more than happy to assist you and give you further instructions on how to deal with your specific injury. We look forward to helping you!