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June 05, 2018

Treating a Burn on the Roof of your Mouth

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I’m sure everyone can relate. At one time or another, we’ve all defied reason because sometimes, sometimes it’s just plain unreasonable to wait the designated amount of time to bite into that gooey pizza pop you’ve just plucked from the searing hot toaster oven. In reality when hungry tummy wins the war over patience, you know you’re gonna get burned. So here’s what to do when you badly scald the roof of your mouth or tongue…

1. Feel the Burn
From piping hot pizza slice to oh-so-cozy (but way to hot) cuppa soup—there are times when we throw patience and caution to the wind in favor of ravenous hunger. You might have had one to many glasses of wine (I’m not judging) before biting into that pot pie, or you might be rushing out the door to work while trying to squeeze in one final cup of sanity, I mean coffee.
Either way, it’s too late when you feel that sear on the side of your cheek or tip of your tongue. You got scalded, and even though it’s not a third-degree burn by any means, it still hurts like heck. Now what do you do?

2. Know the Burn
Luckily, experts from the American Dental Association can provide a sound explanation for the burn you get on your mouth or tongue when scarfing down a too-hot cup of tea or a sneaky spoonful of Mom’s spaghetti sauce when she had her back turned.
These minor first-degree burns from piping hot food aren’t emergency room serious, but they still cause damage to the outermost layer of delicate skin, or lining, on the roof of your mouth and sides of your cheeks.


3. Understand the Burn
According to Mayo Clinic dermatologist, Dr. Alison Bruce , “[The majority of] mouth burns are first-degree burns, and [rarer] second-degree [in nature] that damage epithelium cells,” which are the cells contained in the outermost layer of skin of your mouth and tongue.
Dr. Bruce explains that unlike the skin on the rest of your body that contains an extra fatty layer between it and the bone underneath, it’s easier to sear the inner mouth because of the superficial nature of the mouth’s inner lining, which means this skin has no extra spongy layer between it and bone.

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