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Wound on the tongue after biting accidentally. What to do?

I bit my tongue a while ago and a piece of my tongue started to hang-off. I ignored it, but yesterday I bit my tongue again and now the piece is a bigger chunk. It really hurts, and I already tried to pick it off, but it hurts. What should I do? I tried to leave it alone, but it s super annoying. What would a doctor do about this?
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hello there ,

You have developed a wound on your tongue to accidental biting. i suspect the wound area to be small.

small wounds on the tongue heal by their own with time provided they are not super infected or ulcerated.

so care should to be taken to prevent infection of the affected site.

i would suggest you to apply antiseptic oral ointment like dentogel topically over the wound. This helps in faster healing and relives pain by providing sedating effect.

use lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine or betadine for mouth gargling which gives soothing effect.

avoid hot and spicy food , avoid further physical trauma .

eat soft food and drink lot of water and keep yourself hydrated.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Due to accidental trauma you have caused a wound on your tongue , which you again irritated it by biting on it, please dont irritate it with your hands as it will traumatise it more and delay healing.

Dont panic , the wound will take some time to heal.
Take care that it does not get infected.

Maintain a good oral hygiene , use saline water gargles 3-4 times a day to give a soothing effect .
Use chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice to prevent infection and promote healing.

Apply dologel oral ointment topically over the affected area .

It is wise to consult an Oral Surgeon for clinical evaluation of wound.

Hope this helps out.

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Dentist Dr. Neha Gupta's  Response
I am Dr.Neha Gupta (dentist) and am glad to address to your query here.

You should do the following:-
Salt water gargles help prevent infection of the cut area.
Cold foods such as vegetable juices, ice creams, and cold water can help in soothing the burning and painful tongue.
Milk of magnesia is believed to help soothe the cut.
Mouth washes also help prevent infection of the cut area; however, they could sting a bit.
Baking soda paste is also believed to help soothe the affected area. Make a thin paste of water and baking soda and then apply this paste on the cut in the tongue. It will not only soothe the tongue but will also promote healing.
Neem or Indian lilac leaf paste is another home remedy that is believed to be effective in treating cuts on the tongue.
If the cuts are due to deficiency, including vitamin B and C rich foods in your diet may be a good idea. Alternatively, taking vitamin supplements can help combat the deficiency.
Aloe vera juice can help promote healing of your cut tongue as well.
A mixture made from olive oil, aloe vera juice and lemon balm extract can also be applied onto the cuts.
Butter is also effective when it comes to treating cuts like this.
Placing an ice cube on the cuts of the tongue can also help in soothing the tongue.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at healthcaremagic through my profile directly.
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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