If you have injured your tongue, it’s important to stay calm. Staying calm can help you improve the situation and even treat the injury. Unfortunately, tongue injuries are common, so you’re not alone. When it comes to treating an injured tongue in Wyoming, Minnesota, our dentist, Dr. Scott Timmons, encourages you to do the following things:
First, rinse your mouth. This can help you clean the wound, wash blood and debris away, give you a good look of the injury, and reduce your risk of infection. So, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. The warmth might even soothe the injury. Whatever you do, don’t rinse with mouthwash.
Second, try to stop the bleeding. This might be a tough task, but it’s not impossible. You need to wrap the tongue in sterile gauze or a clean cloth and apply pressure. If it’s too difficult to apply pressure with your fingers, push the tongue toward the roof of the mouth.
Third, reduce the swelling as much as possible. This will help you relieve the pain and help the tongue. So, wrap an ice cube or ice pack with a thin towel and place it on the injured area of the tongue. Only do so for 15 minutes at a time.
Remember, you need to do more if you have severely injured your tongue like 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. For these cases, it’s important to visit a doctor or Emergency Room.
Call Wyoming Family Dental today at 651-462-5150 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to deal with an injured tongue. Our dental team will be more than happy to assist you in any way we can!