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A minor tongue injury from accidentally biting your tongue during a meal rarely causes significant oral trauma. Yet there are other instances, where a bad fall or home accident can cause serious damage to your tongue. When something like this happens applying some basic first aid measure will help manage the pain, reduce the chance of complications, and serve to assess the potential need for professional care.

If your tongue is bleeding excessively or you’ve somehow bitten through it, you should not delay in seeking care at the emergency room or another urgent care facility.

Wrapping your tongue with a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure can help control the bleeding. If you’re struggling to grasp your tongue with your fingers, you could try pressing it to the roof of your mouth. If possible, you should try to spit out excess blood to prevent an upset stomach.

If the bleeding persists after half an hour, or 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 are in the Ogden, Utah area and you need additional oral first aid advice, you can always call 801-394-0808 to speak to a member of Dr. James R. Healy’s staff.