Hot stuff: what causes burning in the mouth? - DB Dental

You were so ready for that hot apple pie but you didn’t realise it was still bubbling inside – and what do you do when your curry is more searing than satisfying? Here is what can burn your mouth and the best ways to treat different burns fast.

Hot stuff: what causes burning in the mouth?

When you can’t wait for a big bite of that delicious pizza or a bowl of spicy curry to warm you up after a long day, be warned. These foods can bite back if you’re not careful.

All the lovely, melting cheese in your pizza slice can be sizzling rather than soft, and the spices in that vindaloo can be searing, not satisfying.

If you’re the victim of your food and your mouth is burning, it’s too late to wait – that hot stuff needs some treatment. But you need to know what is causing the burn to get the best rescue remedy.

What can cause the pain?

Food with a kick comes in three types – it can be the temperature that creates a burn from boiling liquid or melting fillings; it can be the spicy burn from capsaicin which gives the ‘hot’ taste to chilli and curry meals; or it can be from horseradish or wasabi paste or hot mustard.

You can usually find the treatment you need at home or at a restaurant. Your remedy will depend on what caused your pain.

How do you cure a burnt mouth?

If it’s a burn from a cooking heat just grab a cold or iced drink to lower the temperature in your mouth and slow the damage. You can also try sucking on ice cubes to settle the pain. And until it’s healed you will need to avoid eating anything which is rough-textured or crunchy, or very salty, as they’ll slow your healing.

If it’s the kick in your curry doing the damage, reach for anything dairy nearby – milk or yoghurt will dissolve the spicy oil and let your tongue recover so you can hopefully enjoy some less-killer curries.

If you’re burning because you were too keen with the wasabi paste or horseradish, then the nearest drink will do the trick. These pastes are more water-soluble and a cold liquid will sooth your palate.

Go slow for safety

Your mouth should be fine the next day but if you have a burn that hasn’t healed quickly, check it with your DB Dental practitioner. It could be something else which is causing you pain.

Remember, foods direct from the oven may still be boiling inside, so take it slowly even if you’re starving. And don’t rush your curry, take a small taste to know if you can handle its heat. There’s nothing more frustrating than burning your mouth when you’re still hungry.

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