Soothe A Burnt Tongue With Salt Water

Soothe a Burnt Tongue with a Salt Water Solution

Burning your tongue on a hot drink or hot food is zero fun. One surprising thing that could soothe your pain? A salt water rinse.

Photo by Trish Hamme.

Men's Health explains:

Rinse your mouth with a solution of 1 teaspoon of salt and a cup of warm water. "It's actually very soothing," says Dr. [Sherri] Worth[, a celebrity cosmetic dentist]. The salt can draw infection to the surface of the tissue, where the body eliminates it, and salt helps neutralise the acidic environment that fosters bacteria.

If you've got more of a sweet tooth, you can try sugar instead.

For a burned palate, which can actually cause dental problems, the article recommends using a dental paste that requires a prescription.

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    Soothing and healing are two different things.

    What about chilled water to assist with bad burns?
    At that point when you burn your mouth/tongue, to you need to 'draw out infection'?
    I appreciate that this person is a 'celebrity cosmetic dentist' - but perhaps addressing burnt tongues/mouths medically should not be addressed by someone who makes their living making celebrity teeth and smiles unnaturally straight and white.

    And yes - I am so cynical...

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