Everyone has had that moment when the desire for something warm and gooey, like fresh out-of-the-oven pizza or chocolate chip cookies, overrides all rational thinking, and leaves us with a burnt and tender tongue.
Sometimes this can lead to a brief moment of overindulgence induced self reflection, but many times a burn can feel severe, leaving your mouth feeling numb and tender for days.
Luckily, for those of us whose patience is often tested by piping hot delicacies, there are some ways to soothe a burnt tongue. Try some of these home remedies, recommended by dentist Dr. Annette Middelhof to relieve your pain and get back to enjoying your favorite treats as soon as possible.
- Sucking on Ice or a Popsicle
The best option for pain relief after burning your tongue is the application of something cold. Sucking on an ice cube, gurgling cold water, or eating something cold like ice cream or a popsicle will help the pain subside. Just remember to gently brush your teeth after healing with the sweeter options.
- Coat The Burn
Once the pain has subsided a bit, it is important to coat the area so that you can control the tenderness caused by the burn. Try drinking some milk but before swallowing, let the milk sit on the burn area for a few seconds. This should help add a layer of protection and offer some pain relief.
- Use an Over the Counter Pain Reliever
Since the mouth is a mucus membrane it heals fast, however, some severe oral burns can cause lasting pain. For these moments it may help to take over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol.
- Vitamin E
Known to speed up the healing process and reduce permanent scaring, Vitamin E can be a great way to help heal any oral burns you may have procured. Take a 1,000 IU Vitamin E capsule and squeeze it directly over the burn.
- Avoid Damaging Foods
The worst thing you can do for your already tender mouth is to eat more pain inducing foods. Avoid eating anything crunchy as it can cause extreme pain; also avoid foods that are spicy or citrus based, as these can cause severe discomfort as well.
- Keep The Area Clean
You don’t want to touch the burn directly, however, it is essential to keep your mouth as clean as possible. By keeping your mouth clean you will help speed up the healing process and also reduce the chance of infection. Brush your teeth and rinse with a warm saline rinse when necessary
Follow these steps the next time you accidently burn your tongue or the roof of your mouth, and as always, remember to practice good oral health for a bright and beautiful smile. If, despite all of your efforts, the burn and pain persists for seven days of worsens, Dr. Middelhof suggests that you seek medical attention.