I accidentally bit my tongue. What now? Biting your tongue for whatever reason is never a happy moment. The tongue is one of the strongest muscles of the human body, but still, it’s common to bite your tongue. Biting your tongue is common while eating fastly or talking while chewing. It can also happen during a heavy contact sport.
But sometimes, a person may bite their tongue due to a jaw alignment issue. Whatever the cause of your discomfort, go for a tongue bite treatment as soon as possible to ease the pain. If you have bitten your tongue, here’s how to treat it at home.
Remedies for a Bitten Tongue
The initial pressing of the tongue is what you would like to treat at this stage. You may have a cut or wound that needs care. If the bite was strong you may also experience inflammation and bleeding from the tongue. Here are some effective remedies that you can try to make things easier for yourself.
- The first important step is to control the bleeding. To do so firmly press the cut with a clean cloth and hold it till the bleeding stops.
- If you are experiencing pain and inflammation, apply some ice to the wound
- If the cut is really deep with heavy bleeding, rinse your mouth 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water
- To soothe the pain after having a meal you can make a mixture of warm salt water and rinse your mouth with it
- In case the pain is accompanied by redness, fever, or pus, see your doctor or dentist immediately. It may be something serious that requires medical attention.
I Bit My Tongue Again
If biting your tongue isn’t just an accident but has become a painful habit, there is definitely something wrong. One reason could be swollen tongue from the first bite that is now making biting easier and repetitive. Or it can be due to the misalignment of the jaw or enlargement of the tongue. Whatever the reason is you can always try the above home remedies to find some relief. If you suspect that a misaligned jaw is making things worse for you, visit your dentist for professional advice.
When to Seek Further Treatment
The home remedies that we discussed above are just for minor biting of the tongue that you did accidentally. But if your tongue of hurt because of a serious accident or sports and it’s bleeding, see a doctor immediately. Your tongue may need stitches or sutures to heal. Only a dental professional can carry out such a procedure.
If your tongue cut is small you may be able to heal it with the simple treatments mentioned above. But if you’re unable to manage the soreness, bleeding, or infection, it’s time to see a dentist for treatment. Schedule an appointment with Friendswood Smile Dentistry by calling (832) 895 1905.