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Your tongue plays an important role in your mouth moving food when you eat, helping to clean away large food deposits after a meal, and also enabling you to speak clearly. Sometimes a fall or other accident can impact your jaw causing you to bite down hard on your tongue.

The damage to the soft tissues can range in severity. If you’re experiencing persistent pain, and bleeding, you will need to apply some basic first-aid measures while determining the need for professional treatment.

A gently rinse with lukewarm saltwater might help clear away any blood from your mouth to give you a better look at the injury to your tongue.

If your tongue is lightly bleeding, you might be able to control it by wrapping the area in a few layers of sterile gauze. Then, try pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If your tongue continues to bleed for more than half an hour or the pain is worsening, you should strongly consider going to the Emergency Room or seeking care from a professionally trained physician.

If you live in the Henderson, Nevada, area and you need further advice for treating a tongue injury, you can always call 702-456-1147 to speak to Dr. Richard Barton or a member of staff at Richard Barton DDS.