How to Cool a Mouth Burn

Posted on December 12, 2015 in General oral health

Coffee with heartsAfter hours of building snowmen or clearing the driveway, warm treats and drinks are the perfect pick-me-up. But take special care – a sip of a scalding apple cider or steaming soup can result in a painful burnt mouth or tongue.

If you make the mistake of diving into a hot beverage or food too soon, you may be able to ease your discomfort by chewing sugarless gum, sipping water or sucking on ice chips. Be sure to avoid foods and drinks that might trigger burning, especially those that are hot or spicy, contain alcohol or are high in acid, like citrus fruits and juices.1

The burning feeling usually goes away within a few minutes or hours, and like most mild skin burns, your tongue will eventually heal. However, serious burns require the same immediate medical attention that you would give to a burn on any other part of your body. Call your dentist or visit an emergency room if your symptoms persist.

To prevent a burn of the mouth, test the temperature of any hot liquid or food before putting it in your mouth. Beverages or foods warmed in a microwave may not be heated evenly, so use extra caution.2 A quick stir before sipping may help.