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Nasser Antonious, DDS, MAGD, FICOI
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists

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Bitten Tongue or Lip

 
 

 Introduction

When you bite your cheek or tongue, you create a small wound that's similar to a canker sore. It may or may not bleed, depending on the bite's severity. But the amount of blood doesn't indicate the severity of the bite, for even a few drops mixed with some saliva can create a mess.

Fortunately, most such bites aren't severe. Unless you fall or are hit hard enough to bite yourself deeply, cheek and tongue bites are usually harmless little nips that sting for just a bit. In just the same way that 1 mosquito bite is an annoyance while 50 mosquito bites are intensely uncomfortable. These cheek and tongue bites can become a real nuisance if they're frequent. And that can happen if you have problems with your dentures or the alignment of your real teeth.

False teeth that slip and shift can cause you to miss your mark and bite your tongue. And if your real teeth are crooked or otherwise not properly placed, they too can make you bite on your cheek or tongue.

So can poor table manners. Think about it. What are you almost always doing when you bite your tongue? You're talking and eating at the same time. Your mother told you not to do that for a reason.

Nipping on your cheek or tongue can also be a nervous habit. You create a little white line on the inside of your cheek called hyperkeratosis. It's like a callus. Although it's mostly a benign condition, you should stop the habit, if at all possible.

What You Can Do

Clean it up. Swish an antiseptic mouthwash around the wound to prevent any chance of infection. Listerine is a good choice.

The sting from a cheek or tongue bite probably will fade soon after you stop thinking about it. If the bite has drawn blood, suck on an ice cube or hold cold water in your mouth until the bleeding slows.

If the bleeding doesn't stop after ten minutes, Call Dr. Antonious at 408-720-0900, who will examine the wound and decide if suturing or any other treatment is necessary.

If you suffer from repeated cheek or tongue biting, Dr Antonious will check the alignment of your teeth or the fit of your dentures. If misaligned teeth are the problem, bite adjustment, braces or new dentures are your options. In severe cases restoring some teeth or even full mouth construction is the only viable option.

WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

What Your Symptom Is Telling You

* You frequently bite your cheek or tongue while chewing or speaking.
* Blood flow from a cheek or tongue bite doesn't stop within ten minutes or so.

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Nasser Antonious DDS is licensed as a general dentist in California. Sunnyvale Dental Care established since 1995
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