Your tongue plays an important role in the basic function of your mouth. Sometimes an accidental blow to the head, chin or face can cause you to bite down hard on your tongue. In some of these instances the trauma to the tongue and other parts of the mouth can be significant.
If needed you might have to apply some basic first aid measures while seeking emergency treatment from a dentist like Dr. Douglas A Deam.
If you have lingering blood in your mouth, a gentle lukewarm salt water rinse might help clear it away. It could also provide you with a clear view of the tongue while also helping to soothe traumatized soft tissues.
Minor to moderate soft tissue bleeding might be controlled by lightly packing the areas with sterile gauze. If necessary, you can apply a light amount of pressure.
Sometimes discomfort can be managed by consuming a standard dose of an over the counter pain medication or by lightly rubbing a small amount of topical oral analgesic on the area.
Once you arrive at our office, we can quickly diagnose the severity of the injury to your tongue and other oral tissues to develop an effective treatment plan.
If you are in the Coral Gables, Florida, area and you have recently suffering a serious tongue injury or some other form of oral trauma, you should call 305-443-4713 to seek emergency treatment from Dr. Douglas A Deam.