Most people experience tongue bleeding every once in a while. Your tongue may bleed because you bit it, have braces, dentures, crowns, or broken teeth, have undergone radiation therapy, or eaten sharp foods.

Here at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, some patients ask us whether their tongue will heal if they bite it and it starts bleeding. The truth is that a little bit of tongue bleeding isn’t a big deal. There are some home remedies that may stop the bleeding quickly and safely. You can try placing ice wrapped in gauze or a clean washcloth on the wound and applying a bit of pressure. Eating yogurt with active cultures may also help. Adding a teaspoon of salt or baking soda to a cup of warm water and rinsing your mouth with this mixture several times a day may be beneficial as well.

If you experience major tongue bleeding or tongue bleeding that persists, there may be an issue. Tongue bleeding may be a symptom of conditions such as thrush or yeast infections, oral herpes, blood vessel and lymph system malformations, and ulcers. In the most serious cases, it may be a sign of cancer.

We encourage you to schedule an appointment at our office if you are facing tongue bleeding that seems serious or does not stop. One of our dentists will thoroughly examine your mouth and let you know whether the bleeding may be a symptom of an underlying condition.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Call our office at 703-439-1214 if you are concerned about your bleeding tongue. We may perform some testing, examine your mouth, and let you know what’s going on.