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There are times when an accidental fall around the house, or some other form of accident can contact your face causing you to bite down hard on your tongue. When this happens the extend of the soft tissue trauma can vary.

Applying some basic first aid for the tongue and other distressed oral tissues can help manage pain and further complications while you assess the need for professional treatment from an oral healthcare practitioner like Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray .

It can be helpful to get a clear view of the traumatized tissues. Any lingering blood in your mouth can be gently rinsed away with a little lukewarm saltwater.

If the tongue or other soft oral tissues are bleeding significantly, you might be able to control the bleeding by wrapping it in a few layers of sterile gauze and apply light pressure. If you find it difficult to hold your tongue with your fingers, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If the any tissues continue to bleed for longer than half an hour or the pain is worsening, you should strongly consider going the Emergency Room for more advanced treatment.

If you are in the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area and you need further advice on how to treat a tongue injury, you can always call (757) 544-9192 to speak to Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray or one of the oral care specialists at Oral Surgery of Tidewater.