Have you bitten your tongue and are now living with a swollen, sore taste bud? This happens to us all at some point or another. The good news is that the swollen taste bud will likely heal itself within a couple of days, but there are some things you can do for relief in the meantime.
Hold Ice Chips to the Tongue
If your taste bud has swollen after your biting injury, holding small ice chips to the affected area can help to reduce swelling. Use small pieces of ice rather than an entire cube, as you also don't want to freeze your tongue. Plus, the risk of choking is considerably lower when you use an ice chip versus an ice cube.
Avoid Acidic and Spicy Foods
While your tongue recovers from biting a taste bud, you'll want to avoid acidic and spicy foods. These food items can further aggravate a tongue that is already injured. Foods like hot peppers, soda, and citrus fruits can irritate the tongue even further.
Gargle with Salt Water
When it comes to keeping your mouth clean, gargling with salt water is extremely beneficial. This helps to keep the mouth clean so that bacteria cannot affect your injured taste bud while it heals.
Don't Neglect Your Oral Health
If you are dealing with a mouth injury, it may be tempting to ignore your oral hygiene responsibilities for a few days while it heals. This can make the problem even worse and can negatively affect the rest of your teeth. Even if your tongue is sore, be sure to keep brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
If you have a mouth sore that doesn't heal over the course of two weeks, please call our office to set up an appointment. We will evaluate the sore and will help to create an effective treatment plan.