Individuals can treat a tongue wound by cleaning it with a saltwater rinse or hydrogen peroxide solution made of half hydrogen peroxide and half water, states Simple Steps To Better Dental Health. If the tongue is bleeding, individuals should apply pressure with a clean cloth.
Placing ice wrapped in a thin cloth on the wound for one to three minutes helps reduce pain and swelling, advises Baylor Scott & White Health.
Minor tongue wounds usually heal rapidly with no additional treatment, but may require medical care if bleeding doesn't stop, the cut is deep or develops an infection. If medical care is required, the doctor may stitch the wound if necessary and prescribe antibiotics to control infection, advises Simple Steps To Better Dental Health.