What can I do if I bite my tongue or lip?

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

Biting your tongue or lip can happen when eating, talking, sleeping, or as a result of an accident. Although biting your tongue or lip is common, in some rare instances it can cause serious damage.

Here are some simple strategies to address tongue and lip biting.

Examine – As soon as you bite on any area of your mouth, it is best to examine the area in front of a mirror. If bitting happened due to a fall, examine the area for any debris which can get lodge in your mouth. If debris is difficult to remove, visit a dentist as removing it yourself may cause more damage.

Rinse – If no debris is found, rinse the mouth with warm salt water to reduce infection.

Bleeding – If the bite causes bleeding, apply pressure with a clean piece of cloth or gauze. Once bleeding subsides apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area to reduce swelling. Avoid applying an ice pack or ice directly to the area. If bleeding continues, visit a hospital or clinic for assistance.

Injuries inside the mouth – To relieve pain inside the mouth suck on an ice cube. You may need to take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce pain. Avoid eating spicy, salty, or acidic foods until the area is healed.

Seek medical attention – If there are signs of an infection, you have a weakened immune system or excessive pain it is best to seek medical help.

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