September 13th, 2014
At some point or another, it has happened to the best of us! Taking a mouthful of our morning hot coffee or biting into a meal straight from the oven, resulting in a burnt tongue. A burnt tongue can be a rough way to start the day. Burning your tongue can destroy taste buds, which is why often other meals taste strange after the incident. No need to worry, taste buds regenerate about every two weeks!
Fortunately, a few home remedies can relieve the temporary discomfort:
- Grab something cold! Placing an ice cube or Popsicle on your tongue can help soothe the pain. Even a cold drink will eliminate the warm sensation on your tongue. Applying something cold for simply a minute can help reduce inflammation.
- Have a cup of yogurt. Letting yogurt sit on your tongue for a few seconds before swallowing can help cool off your tongue.
- Sugar will do the trick! Interestingly, sprinkling a pinch of white sugar on a burnt tongue and letting it dissolve can have a soothing effect on your tongue’s nerves.
- Eat a spoonful of honey. Honey is a naturally substance that will have your tongue feeling better in no time.
- Vitamin E oil can help make your experience better by allowing the tongue tissue to regenerate quickly.
- Apply aloe vera! If the taste doesn’t bother you, try using aloe vera gel from the plant, rather than from store-bought cream. Unless specified for oral use, burn creams should not be used in the mouth, as they may be toxic if ingested.
- Suck on a cough drop that contains benzocaine, menthol or phenol. These ingredients, which can also be found in some mouthwashes, can help numb your tongue and relive pain.
Avoid citrus fruits, sodas, and other acidic items, as well as salty foods such as potato chips. These foods and drinks tend to irritate the affected area and aren't good for teeth! If the pain is very bad, try taking over-the-counter medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to reduce inflammation. Most importantly, be careful! Don’t underestimate the temperature of foods and beverages, as they can cause a burn on your tongue, mouth, or even your lips. Luckily, even though a mild burn of the tongue can be annoying, the burning sensation will eventually go away. However, if you are experiencing a severe burn, seek a medical professional. In addition, if the burning sensation on your tongue occurs without having burnt it on hot foods or drinks or by any other means, you may have burning mouth syndrome.
Burning mouth syndrome is a relatively common problem that is linked to many factors. Symptoms include experiencing a daily burning sensation in the mouth and dry mouth. Although the causes and prevention methods for burning mouth syndrome are not entirely known, possible causes include:
- Damage to nerves
- Hormonal changes, such as during menopause
- Dry mouth
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Acid reflux
- Anxiety and depression
- Poorly-fitting dentures
- Certain medications
- Teeth grinding
Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment and consultation.