We all love to bite into a steaming hot piece of pizza, or sip a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Usually, these kinds of experiences are harmless and enjoyable; however, if the food or drink is too hot, you could end up with an oral burn.
If this has happened to you, the good news is that you can do something to help make it feel better and heal faster. Rather than suffering stoically, try these tips next time you accidentally burn yourself.
Try Soothing Food or a Cool Drink
Sometimes, the best way to make the burn feel better is to cool it off quickly. At first, sucking on a piece of ice may offer some relief. But you probably know that this won't really be sustainable for too long without causing some sort of cold injury to the tissues of your mouth.
Once you've got the burn on ice, it's time to find something else that can help. Consider cool and creamy foods such as chilled yogurt or pudding. Ice cream is always a good choice, too, if you don't mind the calories.
If you don't really feel like eating, consider a cool drink of milk or just some cool water. The cold fluid moving over the burn will help soothe the irritation and make you feel better.
Tips to Follow During the Healing Process
As the burn heals, you are going to want to avoid foods that have sharp edges or are too crunchy. Chips are probably out for a while, as will be foods that are overly spicy or hot temperature-wise.
Just take things slow and only eat what you can comfortably chew. The good news is that the tissues in the mouth are among the fastest healing tissues in the body. This means your burn will be healed and you'll be back to enjoying your food in no time.