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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Child biting tongue

10/19/2007

Question:

my son is 3. Lately anytime he chews food he bites his tongue. He bites it so hard that it bleeds. I try to soothe it with popciciles and ice but he keeps doing it. any suggestions?

Answer:

Accidental biting of the tongue is common in children, but if it is a continuing problem your child should be examined by a pediatric dentist. It's possible that he has a fractured or decayed tooth with sharp edges that could be a complicating factor.

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Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University