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How to Heal Tongue Cuts With Natural Remedies

written by: Diana Cooper • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 7/16/2010

It's possible to speed the healing of a tongue cut or injury using home remedies. Learn what you can do to help relieve pain and speed up healing time.

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    Tongue The tongue is mostly composed of muscle that aids in the eating process. It moves food in the mouth to help with chewing and swallowing. On the upper surface of the tongue are thousands of small bumps (papillae) that give us our sense of taste. The tongue also helps us form words.

    People often cut their tongue while eating, talking, or playing sports. Although most tongue cuts are not serious, they can be very painful.

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    Natural Healing for Tongue Cut

    Most tongue cuts do not require medical treatment and will heal on their own quickly. The following natural remedies can help soothe the pain and speed up the healing process:

    • Apply an ice cube on the affected area. This will help relieve pain by numbing the tongue.

    • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Salt can help prevent infection and speed up healing time.

    • Eat a teaspoon of honey two times a day. Honey can treat pain, prevent infection, and accelerate recovery time.

    • Mix a teaspoon of honey with a pinch of turmeric powder. Like salt and honey, turmeric can also protect the tongue from bacteria.

    • Mix together some aloe vera juice, olive oil, and lemon balm extract. Apply to the cut. This natural remedy is very effective in treating a tongue cut.

    • Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with enough water to form a thick paste. Apply to the affected area and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day to relieve pain and help with the healing process.

    • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried goldenseal herb, cover, steep for 10 minutes, and strain. Rinse your mouth with this solution 2-3 times a day.

    • Another natural healing for tongue cut is eating foods rich in vitamins B and C.

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    What to Avoid

    The following should be avoided while the tongue heals (these can increase pain and/or delay healing):

    • hot and spicy foods
    • tart foods like citrus fruits
    • sharp foods like chips
    • chocolate
    • caffeine
    • alcohol
    • cigarettes
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    When to be Concerned

    Stitches or antibiotics may be necessary for some tongue cuts. Seek medical attention if:

    • the cut is large and/or deep.
    • the cut does not stop bleeding.
    • the cut is significantly swollen.
    • there is dirt or debris in the cut.
    • you can not move your jaw fully.
    • there are signs of an infection such as a fever or swollen and tender glands below the jaw.
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    Sources Used

    Tongue Problems -

    Tongue Laceration -

    Tongue Bite Remedy -

    Tongue Injury Treatment: Home Remedies For Painful Cut Tongue -

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