The first thing that needs to be known is that there are different types of tongue bites. There are also different kinds of seizures. Each type of tongue bite may or may not have any symptoms. Some people experience no symptoms while others get very sick from it. Sometimes the only symptom is vomiting which does not mean they will die from it but rather suffer a severe stomach upset due to the pain and nausea caused by it.
Tongue Bite Symptoms:
Vomiting, Nausea, Pain, Cramps, Burning sensation in mouth (gum), Sore throat, Diarrhea.
Types of Tongue Bites:
1) Swallowing Spasms – These are when your body tries to stop you from swallowing too much food or liquid.
They usually happen after eating something really large like a hamburger or steak. If you eat too fast or swallow too much at once, then this kind of tongue bite can cause problems.
Usually these tongue bites occur with certain foods such as milk shakes and candy bars. You might also experience them if you drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes.
2) Dental Tear – This is when your teeth are actually tearing themselves apart inside your mouth causing blood to leak out and into your lungs.
This is usually caused by teeth grinding and chewing heavy food like meat. You might also feel a popping sensation in your mouth or a pulling feeling on one side of your face.
3) Muscle Tension – Muscles can experience tension for several reasons including physical injury, emotional distress, abuse of drugs and alcohol, and more.
When muscles are tense they can sometimes spasm or cramp up causing you to bite down on them severely.
4) Tongue Piercing – Tongue piercings can cause a lot of pain when eating or drinking.
You might bite down on it if you aren’t paying attention to what you are doing. Tongue piercing can also tear up the inside of your mouth and damage the soft tissues causing an infection.
It is always recommended that you do not get a tongue piercing unless it is absolutely necessary.
5) Seizures – Seizures can cause you to do a lot of things involuntarily.
One of which is bite your tongue really severely. There are many different types of seizures and they all cause involuntary body movements which can result in biting your tongue.
Why Do I Keep Biting My Tongue?
There are many reasons you might bite your tongue. It can be due to physical pain, emotional distress, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or many other things. The key is to discover the underlying cause of your tongue biting so you can find a permanent solution.
I keep Biting my Tongue: What Can I Do?
If you keep biting your tongue one of the solutions could be to see a doctor or dentist and get any dental work or injuries treated immediately. Taking a break from certain foods and drinks might also be necessary.
Other solutions involve not doing certain things that may cause you to bite your tongue such as:
* Stop eating and drinking for a few hours before going to bed.
* Sleep without a pillow so your head is slightly elevated.
* Make sure your bedding is not too hot or too tight against your body.
* Get medication to help you relax and curb anxiety.
* Stay away from drugs and alcohol as much as possible. They can lead to more serious medical issues such as liver disease, brain damage, and organ failure.
* Limit your intake of certain foods. Some harder foods like breads and raw vegetables may be difficult to digest.
Others like meat can cause some stomach pain due to the fats and oils found in them. Always chew food completely before swallowing to reduce the chances of a tongue bite.
Most of all, you should try to relax. Stress and anxiety can lead to all kinds of medical issues so try not to worry about it too much.
If all else fails, talk to your doctor or dentist and see if they can give you something for the pain as a short term solution. There are a lot of different medicines available to treat tongue biting and they can very from prescription drugs to over the counter pills that you can get without a doctors visit.
Tongue Biting Treatment Medications
There are a wide range of medications that can be used to treat tongue biting. They are all available without a prescription and some can be bought at your local pharmacy, grocery store, or online.
They can be classified into two types: local anesthetics and pain relievers.
Local Anesthetics – These drugs work by deadening the nerves in your mouth and stopping you from feeling pain. This allows you to bite your tongue without feeling any discomfort and it can also help to numb the pain in other tooth or gum conditions such as a cavity.
Most anesthetics come in the form of liquids or gels that should be applied directly to the area.
Pain Relievers – These drugs are used to help relieve pain caused by a wide range of conditions. They work by changing the way your body senses and responds to pain.
Most pain relievers come in the form of liquids or gels that should be applied directly to the area.
Anbesol is a local anesthetic that contains the active ingredient benzocaine. It can be bought online or at your local pharmacy and works by temporarily coating the nerves in your mouth and blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
This allows you to bite your tongue or chew on crunchy food without feeling any pain.
How to Use:
Before you apply the anesthetic, make sure your tongue and mouth are free of any cuts, sores or blisters. Then follow the instructions provided on the packaging.
Most anesthetics must be applied directly to the area that needs treating. If too much is used it will start to numb your mouth and throat so it is important not to over do it.
Common side effects may include:
Mild numbness of the treated area.
2. The toothache remedy
The toothache remedy is a liquid that is applied directly to the area that is in pain and contains a mix of ingredients such as methyl salicylate, camphor oil, menthol, and capsaicin. These ingredients work together to provide fast pain relief from a wide range of pains such as tooth aches, mouth ulcers, and sore throats.
It can also help numb your tongue and stop you from biting it as much.
How to Use:
Always follow the instructions provided on the packaging or instructions given by your dentist. Most of the time the liquid will need to be applied directly to the area that is in pain but if you are treating a toothache, you can also fill a clean cotton swab with the liquid and gently apply it directly to the affected tooth.
Do not swallow the liquid and do not use more than the recommended dose.
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