It’s a common occurrence. You pull a pizza out of the oven, and even though you know you should let it cool for a while, you sneak a piece right away, because pizza is so awesome. Next thing you know, the roof of your mouth’s burned, your tongue is burned, or even your gums are burned. So now, you have mouth burns to deal with. The struggle is real. Here are some home treatment options to soothe a burned mouth.
Suck on something cold
The first thing you should do is alleviate the burning sensation by sucking on an ice cube or popsicle. When sucking on ice, however, be sure not to crunch the ice. Your teeth are not strong enough to withstand the force of chewing on ice cubes.
Coat your mouth
Cold milk is a great way to ease the burning and coat your mouth and tongue with something soothing.
When it’s really bad, go for some over-the-counter painkillers
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good choices. If you’re treating a child, make sure to use an age-appropriate painkiller.
Give it time to heal
After the burns begin to heal, make sure to avoid foods that can make the pain worse, such as sharp or crunchy foods or any foods that may be spicy or contain citrus. Oranges plus burns equals awful.
Use Vitamin E to promote healing
Just like sunburns, vitamin E can help the body regenerate healthy tissue inside the mouth. Squeeze a capsule of 1,000 IU vitamin E over the burn to promote healing.
Most importantly, when you have a burn inside your mouth, it’s important to stick to great oral care habits. Continue to brush and floss regularly to prevent any bacteria from interfering with the healing process. Gargling with an antibacterial mouthwash can also make sure your mouth doesn’t become infected. With proper care, a burned mouth can fully heal within a week or so of the pizza incident.