You are having a delicious meal but all of a sudden you feel a stark pain in your tongue. Oh no! You have bit it again. Do you wonder why you are always biting tongue?
Well, there could be different situations where it could happen, however, it is mostly unintentional and sudden.
The injury is usually negligible in children though it can become severe for some adults.
That said it usually isn’t concerning unless you bleed heavily.
Is your tongue sore from an accidental bite? Then, we are here to help!
This article will highlight what you can do to soothe your tongue and how to prevent it from happening again.
So, let’s dive in deeper!
In What Situations Are You Always Biting Tongue?
It is extremely common to accidentally bite the tongue while you are eating.
Right when you are chewing, you may get your tongue in between your teeth rather than the food.
As a result, you end up biting it unconsciously and vigorously.
Some people may also bite it during their sleep.
This is when they have spasms while sleeping.
Other reasons behind this could be having stress or a seizure.
If you have epilepsy, then you cannot swallow your tongue while having a seizure.
Thus, you may end up accidentally biting the tongue.
There is also a chance of biting right after getting dental anesthesia.
What’s more, biting is possible when in a car accident, fall, sports injury or a fight.
It could also be a body-focused repetitive behavior.
This mental health condition leads you to bite, pull or prick skin, hair and nails automatically.
If such a pattern exists in the form of nail-biting, then you may start biting the tongue too.
A tongue bite is usually a minor injury and is more common in children since they are active.
An injury of less severity will heal by itself in a week.
However, severe ones will need medical attention.
Do not ignore the bit tongue if:
- you have a sore tongue that is also red in appearance
- it hurts a lot
- it bleeds excessively
- there is a second time of bleeding after the first one stops
- it appears deformed
- it is warm
- there is a presence of pus or red streaks
- you have a fever alongside
These signs indicate you need to visit the doctor.
They can suggest stitches and medication that needs weeks or months to heal.
Moreover, if you bit your lips or inside of the mouth, they will treat that too.
Treatment Through Home Remedies for Biting Tongue
Your doctor will thoroughly examine the tongue and the wound to see whether you need stitches.
However, you can treat minor injuries at home.
Begin by washing your hands with soap and wearing gloves.
Then rinse your mouth with water thoroughly.
This allows you to see the wound clearly and also it removes debris and blood in the area.
Check if there are any pieces of teeth or objects inside the mouth, this may be required to see after a severe injury such as a fall.
If bleeding does not stop by simply rinsing, then apply gauze with pressure on the site of the injury.
It should settle down using this method.
Though, if it foes not by 15 minutes, it is best to go for a medical checkup.
In order to stop swelling, try putting ice wrapped in a cloth on the site.
However, do not put the ice directly inside the mouth.
Use a cloth to do so and place it on the outside of the mouth and lips.
If the bleeding stops, then you simply need to take care of the wound at home.
Taking Care After Treatment
- Keep the wound clean by rinsing it regularly using the saltwater rinse. Simply mix a tbsp of salt in a glass of water and rinse with it after eating.
- Only eat soft foods that are easily swallowed
- Keep applying a cold compress in the area for 5 minutes a day several times.
- Take an OTC pain reliever such as Tylenol to soothe your pain
You may only need medical treatment or stitches if the wound is greater than 2cm if they don’t affect the tip.
The wound will heal using the home treatments in a week.
If it does not, then that could indicate a complication.
Preventing Always Biting Tongue
Prevention While Eating
There is a chance of biting when you are especially eating hot or cold foods. That too, quickly.
When you are chewing fastly, in one moment your tongue can be bit rather than the food you are eating.
Preventing this is very simple.
Wait for your food to cool down enough or warm enough before you eat.
Plus, don’t forget to eat slowly, you are not running out of time, trust us!
Prevention with Seizures
Suffering from epilepsy can lead to seizures where you bite the tongue.
In order to prevent that, take your medications regularly and avoid seizure triggers that can worsen your condition.
Consistently following the epilepsy treatment plan will keep your condition in control and prevent any harm from seizures.
Prevention During Sleep
Biting while in sleep can occur due to spasms.
In that case, you can wear an oral device to prevent yourself from biting because it is an unconscious act anyway.
Hence, you are not able to control it in your sleep.
It fits onto your teeth and keeps the tongue in place by preventing its movement.
Thus, the tongue does not move around while you are deep asleep.
Prevention During Sports
Sports that involve fast movements, physical contact, hitting or use of hard objects can result in biting.
In order to prevent that, the easiest solution is to wear a mouthguard.
Injuries are common in contact sports hence wearing a mouthguard is the basic standard to prevent both the teeth and tongue from damage.
Certain sports may also require you to wear a helmet and mask to limit head and mouth injuries.
Moreover, wear a seatbelt in the car, plus baby-proof the house to prevent injuries.
Complications and Medical Treatment
If the remedies do not work then head to get medical treatment.
Severe injuries can disfigure the tongue.
Moreover, the pain intensifies to a point where you don’t feel relief even after two hours of taking an OTC pain reliever.
You may also feel difficulty swallowing liquids and have a blocked airway.
Spitting is hard too and you are unable to open and close your mouth fully.
Also, if the wound is deeper, there is a chance it will form an infection.
Hence, you can contract a fever as well.
The gaping cut inside the mouth, lips or tongue can cause all of these and impair the function of the tongue.
Keep a check daily on how your tongue feels and looks.
The wounds that are healthy are only light pink or white in color.
It is high time to get medical attention if you notice pus, fever and extreme pain.
A bite injury in the mouth is called a laceration.
During healing, the laceration or deep cut can get infected.
Now seeing the severity of the injury, your doctor will wither suggest you get stitches, antibiotics or reattachment.
Stitches will help to close the wound.
Antibiotics treat the existing infection and prevent it from happening again and worsening.
Rarely your doctor will need to reattach the part that was bitten off.
This is quite uncommon.
This can help you feel better if the wound does not heal on its own.
Remember to take antibiotics for the entire course.
Even if you start to feel better in the middle, don’t stop taking them unless you are completely healed and your course is complete.
Recovery and Healing
A small cut heals on its own within 3 to 4 days or a maximum of a week provided that you take care of it.
However, if you need stitches then you can expect healing to last weeks or even a month.
If the cut needs reattachment then it can take longer to recover.
Infections can clear after you take the antibiotic course which is usually a few weeks long.
During this time, you can take measures to not exacerbate your pain.
Hence, turn to a soft food diet so that you can minimize the pain and there is less risk of biting the tongue again.
- ice cream
- cottage cheese
- cooked or canned vegetables and fruits
- peanut butter
On the other hand, avoid a few foods too, such as:
- tomato juice
- salty foods
- spicy foods
- citrus foods
- citrus fruit juices
- drinking alcohol
- smoking tobacco
These can cause irritation in the damaged hurt.
Plus, they can exacerbate pain and also slow down healing.
Hence, avoid all of these while you are recovering.
In order to reduce pain, you can always use NSAIDs, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
If you are always biting tongue then you can try these remedies and prevention ways.
They can help to hinder you from biting and also heal your injury.