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Occasionally biting your tongue during a meal or while chewing gum isn’t that uncommon. This type of tongue injury proves more of a nuisance than a serious cause for concern. However, there are also times when an accident, oral trauma or blow to the face can cause a tongue injury that requires first aid.

In a situation of this magnitude, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras offers these basic first-aid tips to minimize complications or help you prepare for professional treatment.

If your tongue is bleeding profusely or if you’ve bitten through it, you likely need to seek professional treatment at the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

Wrapping your tongue with a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure can help control the bleeding. If you can’t easily hold the gauze with your fingers, you could try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth. Try not to swallow too much blood as this can lead to stomach upset.

If the bleeding persists after a half an hour or if the pain is getting worse, it’s a clear sign that the tongue injury requires professional treatment in the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

If you’ve suffered a tongue injury in Battle Creek, Michigan, you can always call 269-964-7660 to seek professional advice and treatment at Lakeview Dental Care.