When you burn your mouth, you might simply assume that there’s not much you can do. You may eat some ice cream or suck on some ice after it happens, but then you probably accept that you’re just going to have to wait for it to heal on its own.
In many cases, this is true. A burn from eating hot food is usually not serious and will heal on its own without any problems. However, there are some cases where you need to come see us to deal with the burn.
MORE SEVERE BURNS
However, while most oral burns do fall into the first-degree burn classification, it is possible to get a more severe burn in your mouth. In fact, you can even have a third-degree burn in your mouth if you try to eat or drink something that’s incredibly hot. A second-degree burn can damage the tissue on your tongue and mouth, leading to blisters. A third-degree burn damages multiple layers of tissue, leaving it charred.
All of these burns are incredibly painful, but second- and third-degree oral burns need to be handled immediately. Call us right away, and if it’s after hours, go to the emergency room immediately. Home remedies are not enough for these severe burns.
THE POSSIBILITY OF INFECTION
Another reason why we may need to examine your burn is that burns do open the body to infection, especially burns that result in blisters. These blisters can become infected, which in turn can lead to a number of other health concerns. If you have any blistering in your mouth, you need to call us to set up an appointment as soon as you can.
Overall, most oral burns are fairly minor and will heal up on their own, but severe burns need to be treated as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to call us if you’ve burned your mouth and believe it needs attention.