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What should I do if my child bites through his tongue?

Depending on the severity of the injury, referral to a doctor may be required. If your child has completely bitten through their tongue, immediate referral is necessary to treat the injury. Treatment usually consists of cleansing the site and stitching to close the wound. This injury is most commonly seen in sports that do not use mouth guards.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Georgia College & State University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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