Posted February 6, 2015
Your bowl of chili looked hot and, guess what, it was! Now you’re reeling from the pain of a burned tongue and looking for quick relief. Review the following treatment advice for this malady as well as remedies for seven other common dental health problems.
- Burned tongue or mouth – To relieve the pain quickly, suck on something cold, such as an ice cube or spoonful of ice cream. Drink a beverage that will coat the tissue, such as milk, and take over-the-counter medications for the pain. Avoid spicy, acidic, crispy and hot foods for several days to give oral tissues time to heal.
- Canker sores – These tiny annoyances can be bothersome when eating or brushing your teeth. Usually canker sores go away within a few days. Although there isn’t a cure to speed up the healing process, there are several home remedies and over-the-counter medications for the pain. Review this ameritasinsight blog to learn more.
- Dry mouth – When the production of saliva slows down, oral tissues can dry out. There are many reasons why this occurs, including dehydration, medications, hormone changes, or a blocked/infected gland. Drink liquids throughout the day to keep your mouth moist. If the problem persists, contact your doctor or dentist.
- Tongue bumps – These nodules may develop if food debris gets stuck or infected in the small circles on your tongue, called papillae. Keep the tissue clean by brushing your tongue and using an antiseptic mouth rinse.
- Bad breath – Avoid this nasty problem by brushing your teeth and tongue, flossing and using an antiseptic mouth rinse daily to kill bacteria germs that develop in the mouth. If you eat foods that can contribute to mouth odor, such as garlic and onions, use a mouth rinse to refresh your breath and remove bacteria and particles of food stuck in your teeth and gums.
- Stains – Several foods and beverages can stain your teeth, including coffee, tea, wine, sauces, berries and sweets. To keep stains under control, sip beverages with a straw and rinse with water or chew sugarless gum when you’re done. Brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after eating or drinking, and use an antiseptic mouth rinse daily to remove food particles that cling to teeth. You also may want to talk to your dentist about tooth-whitening options.
- Bleeding gums – Gently brush teeth twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) and avoid further damage to tender gum tissue by flossing gently. Regularly swish with water or an oral rinse to prevent food particles from collecting on teeth.
- Sensitive teeth – If you regularly experience a slight zing when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages or eating sweets, contact your dentist. These may be symptoms of oral health problems that should be treated promptly. Learn more solutions for sensitive teeth.