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A sore tongue is uncomfortable and hard to ignore, interfering with basic activities like speaking, drinking, and eating. A wide range of factors can cause a sore tongue, and while the symptom is often short-lived and relatively minor, in some cases, it indicates a more significant problem.

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1. Biting Down

Everyone has accidentally bitten their tongue. The sudden shock of pain can come from distracted eating, chewing gum, or a sudden bump to the jaw, and depending on the severity of the incident, the pain can last for days. Deal with a bitten tongue by pressing a clean cloth against the cut until the bleeding stops, then rinsing the mouth with a one-to-one solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. Avoid overly hot, spicy, or sour foods until the cut heals.

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