Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you or your child has bitten through a lip or tongue, resist the urge to panic. Gently clean the area, staunch the blood flow by applying pressure with a sterile gauze pad, and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If bleeding persists, please contact us or visit your local hospital emergency room.
Lip Biting As a Habit
Sometimes people develop habits that are detrimental to their oral health. Lip biting is one of them, which is when people tend to bite their lip as a nervous habit of sorts. This is usually not a problem but repetitive and prolonged lip biting can lead to dry, cracked and unhealthy, or swollen lips. For the most part this is something you can try to remedy yourself.
When to See a Professional About Your Lip Biting
If your lip biting becomes so severe that is interferes with your daily life, causes your lips to blister or become extremely inflamed you should seek the assistance of a professional. Usually the best person to speak to is either a dentist or a counselor depending on the cause of your habit.
How to Stop Biting Your Lips & Tongue
If you’re someone who bites your lip, try replacing the habit with something less harmful such as sugar-free gum or sugar free-hard candies. Eating these types of snacks will help you to redirect your oral fixation. If you have problems repeatedly biting your tongue be more cautious when your are eating and chew more slowly.