Have you ever been so hungry that you don’t hesitate to bite into the freshly baked pizza you just took out of the 425-degree oven, only to have the cheese stick to the roof of your mouth, burning it further? Or so eager to taste that first sip of coffee in the morning to feel the excruciating, lingering tingles from the scalding temperature of the beverage?
So have we, and it is NOT fun!
Similar to your body, the roof of your mouth is covered in skin that can get burned just as easily. However, unlike the skin on your body, you can’t apply lotion and ointments to help treat the freshly wounded top of your mouth.
The fact that your mouth is in a moist environment can work in your favor, though, when it comes to healing. Here are some safe tips to help heal the roof of your mouth after burning it.
- Immediately swish some ice water to prevent the burn from going deeper into the tissue.
- Steer clear of hot liquids that can continue irritating the area
- Avoid anything acidic to infiltrate the wound and deter healing.
- Evade food with rough edges that can poke and scrape at the top of your mouth
- Take ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory) to help with swelling and pain.
- Use an oral analgesic like Chloraseptic to numb the area.
Contingent on which type of burn you have, the skin’s healing process may look like an array of colors from pink and red to white and gray. Depending on the burn’s severity, it may take a few days to a week to fully heal.
Burned your mouth recently? If your pain persists and seems like the area isn’t returning to normal, schedule an appointment with your dentist. They may prescribe a more heavy-duty topical medication and check to make sure you haven’t developed an infection.
Don’t worry; you’ll be back to normal in no time and enjoying that cheesy pizza and warm coffee soon enough!