9. Cayenne Pepper
As cayenne pepper stimulates salivary glands, it can help treat symptoms associated with burning mouth. The compound capsaicin in it can also temporarily desensitize the nerves that cause the burning sensation.
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine reports that use of systemic capsaicin is effective for short-term treatment of burning mouth syndrome.
However, due to major gastrointestinal side effects, it is not recommended for long-term use.
More recently, a 2012 study published in the Spanish journal Medicina Oral Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal stated that an oral capsaicin rinse can be used for controlling neuropathic pain.
- Mix ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water. Use it to rinse your mouth a couple of times daily.
- You can opt to use capsaicin capsules, but only after consulting your doctor.
Note: These cayenne pepper rinse or oral capsaicin may initially cause an intense burning sensation in some people.
Glycerin can also reduce the burning sensation and soothe the affected area. It reduces dryness in the mouth, one of the reasons for burning tongue syndrome. It even keeps the tongue well-moistened, which is essential for quick healing.
For oral use, it is highly recommended to use vegetable glycerin.
- Dab your tongue with vegetable glycerin. Allow it to sit for as long as you can, then rinse your mouth with cool water. Repeat several times a day.
- You can even use a glycerin-based mouthwash to rinse your mouth a couple of times daily.
- Take all necessary steps to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Do oil pulling, an age-old Ayurvedic practice, daily for overall oral health.
- Use white toothpaste or any flavor-free toothpaste to brush your teeth.
- Avoid acidic foods and liquids like tomatoes, orange juice, carbonated beverages and coffee.
- Avoid alcohol and products with alcohol, as they may irritate the lining of your mouth.
- Do not use any kind of tobacco products.
- Avoid hot and spicy foods.
- Avoid processed and packaged foods, as the preservatives in them can worsen the problem.
- Before eating anything, always test the temperature of hot liquids and food.
- Take steps to reduce stress, as stress can worsen your condition.
- Consider using a tongue protector after consulting your doctor.
- If you notice no significant improvement in your condition, you must talk to your doctor immediately.