How to Soothe a Bitten, Cut Tongue or a Mouth Ulcer

A bitten, cut tongue or a mouth ulcer should improve within a few days.
A bitten, cut tongue or a mouth ulcer should improve within a few days. (Image: Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Trying to deal with a tongue that has been bitten or cut or a mouth with an ulcer in it can be painful and embarrassing. Eating certain foods or drinks will only bring you pain and it's difficult to speak without a lisp or without drooling. It can take a few days for it to be back to normal, but in the meantime you can try to heal it with a few remedies. If tongue pain or sores persist, see a physician; the condition may be a symptom of a more serious condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Over-the-counter mouth-numbing product

Keep your mouth clean in between meals. Brush your teeth and gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine to help to kill any excessive germs or bacteria.

Dilute a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water and swish the solution around in your mouth, or just apply to the affected area. The solution will bubble up with white foam. Do not swallow. Spit it out after three minutes, or as close to that time as you can stand. Swirl plain water in your mouth and then spit it out to get the taste out.

Apply mouth-numbing canker-sore medicine, such as Anbesol, to the injured area. Squeeze a bit of the medicine on the area with your clean finger or a cotton swab. Apply only enough to cover the area. This is a numbing gel and it will help you not to feel the pain for a while.

Tips & Warnings

  • Follow the directions on the back of the products and only use as needed.
  • If you keep getting repeated sores, see a doctor.
  • Follow manufacturer's directions and warnings for all products and use only as needed.
  • If you keep getting repeated sores, or if cuts won't heal, see a doctor.

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