Hitting your head or suffering a hard fall can potentially cause you to bite down hard on your tongue. In some of these cases the damage to the tongue and other oral tissues can be significant. This could require some basic first-aid while you seek emergency care from a dentist like Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson.
Excess blood in your mouth can be gently rinsed away with a little bit of lukewarm saltwater. You should not rinse with antiseptic mouthwash as it could easily irritate affected tissues. Lightly packing the wounded area in sterile gauze and pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth might help minimize further bleeding.
Gently applying a small amount of topical oral analgesic or taking a standard dosage of an over the counter pain medication might also help reduce discomfort.
Once you arrive at Gunnerson Dental Dr. K. Cheyn Gunnerson and his staff will work quickly to assess the severity of the trauma to your tongue and other oral tissues. Then he will present you with an effective treatment plan or refer you to a specialist for further care.
If you are in the Payson, Utah, are and you or someone near you has just suffered a significant oral trauma, you should not hesitate to call 801-658-0102 to seek emergency treatment at Gunnerson Dental.