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Injuries, accidents and emergencies can happen to your mouth just like any other part of the body. If a dental emergency strikes your household, it’s important to act fast but also keep calm. Accidentally biting your tongue or lip can cause a lot of pain and bleeding.

If you or your child has bitten through your tongue or lip and you’re experiencing bleeding and pain, you should contact our office immediately so we can advise you on the best course of action to take. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help manage the injury.

If you’ve bitten through your lip, use a wet washcloth to try to clean the skin. Wiping away the blood will also give you a better idea of how much trauma is involved. If you have a lot of blood in your mouth, you can rinse your mouth with lukewarm salt water. If the bleeding persists, you can pack the area with sterile gauze.

You can also place a cold compress on that side of your face. To make a cold compress, simply place ice in a zip-lock bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. You can then hold it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Try not to hold it to your face for longer than 20 minutes as the cold can also irritate and harm your skin.

If your tongue is bleeding, you can wrap it with two to three layers of sterile gauze. If possible, you can lightly press your tongue to the roof of your mouth.

If the situation is severe, you should also consider going to the emergency room. If you have additional questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment, call us at 480.827.1234.