• How to treat a burnt mouth

    How to treat a burnt mouth

    We all know the feeling, you take a sip of coffee and feel an instant burn on the roof of your mouth or tongue. Sometimes it lasts a few minutes, and other times it lasts a few days. Luckily, most burns like these don’t require medical attention, and there are at-home remedies available.

    Whether you have blisters or a naturally tender palate, these at-home treatments will allow you to help you manage the pain. If you can’t find relief, it’s best to call your dental professional for a second look and ensure you don’t have an open sore that’s prone to infection. Until then, here are a few tips and tricks: .

    1. Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers 

    The easiest way to ease pain is an over-the-counter pain reliever. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen sodium can help relieve pain and reduce any swelling. Be sure to read the package directions to ensure you’re taking the correct dosage. 

    2. Saline Rinses 

    Saline rinses, also known as salt rinses, are effective in relieving discomfort and help lower risk for infection. Be sure to avoid alcohol-based mouth rinses, as those can cause more pain and irritation. 

    3. Soft & Cool Foods

    Crunchy foods can become sharp when breaking them down in your mouth, irritating your burnt area further. Hot, spicy, and citrus foods can also prolong irritation. For a couple of days after a bad burn, it’s best to stick with soft, cold foods and drinks as this will limit irritation. Cold foods like ice pops, yogurt, and applesauce can help you find relief from the abrasive sensation on your tongue or hard palate. 

    4. Keep Up Good Oral Hygiene

    Keeping your mouth clean helps in preventing infection, which could be brought on by a burn or blister. Brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush, and cleaning between your teeth daily with floss, water flossers, or another interdental device.

    5. Not Going Away? Reach Out To Your Dental Professional

    If you think your burn might be more serious, reach out to our team of dental professionals at Springfield Dental. We will be able to check out your symptoms and guide your treatment process.

    Accidentally burning our mouths and tongues is no fun, especially if you were hoping to enjoy a nice sip of coffee or a hot slice of pizza. But just like the skin on your body, food that is too hot can cause soreness and burns that may cause irritation for a day or two. Luckily, these burns heal most often on their own, and with a little at-home care, your mouth—and bright, healthy smile—will be back to normal in no time.

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