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How to Treat a Bitten Tongue

Eating is hardly considered a risky behavior – but once in a while an exuberant chomp can result in a bitten tongue.


  • Step 1: Use ice Suck on an ice cube or a Popsicle for several minutes.
  • TIP: If you're treating a child, remember that kids take their cues from you, so calm them down by acting like the injury is no big deal.
  • Step 2: Stop the bleeding With the gauze or washcloth, press on the area that’s bleeding until it’s no longer bleeding.
  • : If the bleeding doesn't stop after 15 minutes, seek medical attention.
  • Step 3: Rinse with salt water Rinse and spit with salt water or a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide, two parts water.
  • TIP: If you have a lot of pain or the accident happens before bedtime, take a recommended dose of pain reliever.
  • Step 4: Let it heal Don't eat acidic or salty foods for a day or two. And chew a little more carefully from now on!
  • FACT: Did you know? The tongue is actually a group of several different muscles.

You Will Need

  • An ice cube or Popsicle
  • Sterile gauze or a clean washcloth
  • Saltwater
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • A pain reliever
  • such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (optional)

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