"I bit my tongue! What do I do?"

Q: I bit my tongue! What do I do?
A: If a bite is severe, you should definitely get it looked at by a doctor or dentist immediately. But if it’s relatively mild bite, you can give it time and it will probably get better on its own. Many injuries to the tongue heal quickly.

If you’re treating the tongue bite yourself, the first thing you should do is suck on an ice cube for a few minutes. Then you should press a clean gauze or warm washcloth on the bleeding area, until the bleeding stops. (If the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, you should seek medical attention!) Now rinse with a glass of warm saltwater or a mix of one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water, then spit. If you are in pain, take an over the counter pain reliever.

While your tongue is healing, don’t eat acidic or crunchy foods, and chew carefully.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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