Tongue injuries are common in children and in adults. Injuries can occur because of biting down on the tongue accidentally while chewing or while playing sports. In this article, we look at how you can treat little cuts on your tongue, as well as the signs that you may need to see a dentist.
Cuts and punctures on the tongue heal themselves normally in a day or two. Even sores on the tongue should dissipate over time. Here are a few causes of tongue injuries:
If you have hurt your tongue, follow these steps to stop bleeding and manage pain:
Tongue injuries are generally not serious enough to warrant seeing the dentist. In the case of profuse bleeding, deep cuts, swelling, pus formation, or prolonged pain, it is advisable you see a dentist. Deep and wide cuts may require dissolvable sutures or stitches. Objects stuck in the tongue may need to be removed by the dentist too. You should also see a dentist if you have a lingering foul taste in the mouth after an injury.