Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What Causes The Tongue To Bleed?

There are many reasons the tongue might start bleeding, some obvious causes can include:

  • Biting the tongue
  • Mouth sores
  • Injuries from mouth appliances (dentures or braces)
  • Eating sharp foods
  • Radiation treatment for cancer
Other causes of a bleeding tongue that may not be as obvious can include:
  • Infections
  • Ulcers or blisters
  • Ruptured blood vessels in the tongue caused by piercings
  • Allergic reactions
  • Medication reactions
  • Thermal burns
Bleeding in the mouth can be dangerous if its not stopped because the blood can build up in the throat and make it hard to breathe. Try these tip to provide the temporary relief until you can seek dental attention:

  • Place ice cubes in gauze or a napkin and apply to the affected area.
  • Gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash or warm salt water.
  • Rinse mouth out with warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.
  • Avoid sharp or spicy foods and try to avoid chewing on the affected side.
  • Take over the counter pain killers to reduce pain and swelling

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