I’m wondering if I should see an emergency dentist or a regular doctor if I cut my tongue and it won’t stop bleeding. I cut my tongue 3 days ago because I was trying to open a package with my teeth. The package slid across my tongue and cut it pretty deep. It bled steady for over an hour but I kept holding gauze on it and the bleeding slowed down. My tongue isn’t bleeding 24/7, but it bleeds on and off. When it does bleed, it takes about 15 minutes for it to calm down. I’m wondering if this is something that I should see a doctor for or an emergency dentist. Thanks. P.S. I’m asking about an emergency dentist because I don’t have a dentist that I regularly see. Thanks. TM
TM – We’re sorry to hear about your injury. Tongue cuts bleed a lot because there are so many blood vessels in the tongue. Your injury is appropriate for an emergency dentist to handle. If you can’t find a dentist to see you right away, see a primary care doctor.
How to Treat a Tongue Cut or a Cut to Your Lips or Chee
Although you managed to stop your initial bleeding, whenever there is a cut to your tongue, lips, or cheek, you can follow the steps below.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water or hydrogen peroxide to prevent infection. Swish it around in your mouth for a few seconds. Spit it out. Don’t swallow the rinse.
- Apply a cold, clean cloth or gauze to the cut area. For 10 to 15 minutes, apply steady, firm pressure. This process will help slow down the bleeding and help the blood to clot.
- Ice can control bleeding and swelling. If bleeding is excessive, wrap crushed ice in a clean, damp cloth and apply steady, firm pressure to the cut.
- If the bleeding doesn’t stop, or if the cut is visibly deep, see an emergency dentist or a doctor right away.
In your case, the initial bleeding stopped, but it continues to recur. This is a sign that blood vessels have probably been damaged. Your tongue cut might require stitches.
Dentists are trained to diagnose oral health issues, as well as oral trauma. An emergency dentist will be to help you. Call as soon as possible so you can be seen right away.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.