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A minor tongue injury from accidentally biting it rarely calls for immediate first-aid and emergency care; however, there are some rare times when a hard fall or a blow to the chin can cause you to accidentally bite down hard on your tongue.

In a moment like this, you might need to apply some basic-first aid while you seek professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Dido Kim.

If you are experiencing excessive bleeding or extreme pain, or if you have bitten through your tongue, you might need to seek treatment in the Emergency Room.

Sometimes gently rinsing your mouth with lukewarm salt water can help clear away excess blood or debris from your mouth. You shouldn’t use antiseptic mouthwash, as it can significantly irritate traumatized soft tissues.

You can also help minimize bleeding by wrapping your tongue in a few layers of sterile gauze and applying light pressure. If you can’t easily grip your tongue, you might want to try pressing it to the roof of your mouth.

If the injured area continues to bleed for more than half an hour, or if the pain worsens, you should strongly consider going the Emergency Room to seek professional care.

If you live in the North Bergen, New Jersey, area, and if you or a family member has suffered a significant tongue injury or some other form of oral trauma, you should call 201-854-5500 to seek emergency treatment at Dido Kim.