Mechanical causes of a bleeding tongue
The tongue is a muscular organ, which contracts and relaxes to perform functions like chewing, swallowing, and talking. It contains sensory nerves around the papillae (or small bumps on the surface of the tongue) to detect tastes and textures. Since it receives steady blood flow and boasts a high concentration of nerve endings, when it’s injured, it can be very painful and lead to a bleeding tongue.
The most likely culprit behind a bleeding tongue? Mechanical problems that could include:
- Biting down on it forcefully
- The metal brackets or wires of braces rubbing up against it
- Having a tongue piercing
- Cutting it on sharp utensils or food items
Whatever the reason for a tongue injury, it’s important to find out how to stop your tongue from bleeding as soon as possible.