chili pepperHave you ever eaten a very spicy dish and your tongue felt like it was on fire? While your tongue is able sense five tastes, it’s particularly sensitive to spicy foods. In fact, many people have encountered the same issue and don’t have the slightest idea on how to find relief. Thankfully, at Viva Dental we have an answer—you can learn to end the heat with our tips.

In this fun and informative blog post, Dr. Diep Truong, your Dallas, TX general dentist shares methods for relieving your tongue after consuming spicy foods.

Save Your Tongue after Eating Spicy Food

  • Sweet and cold. If your tongue feels like it’s on fire after eating something spicy, try eating something very cold and sweet. Ice cream or frozen fruit work the best. Additionally, if you don’t have cold and sweet items around your home, take a teaspoonful of sugar and place it in your mouth. For the next 20 seconds suck on the sugar until it dissolves or near to instant relief.
  • Drink milk. To neutralize any flavor milk is the go-to beverage. The fats in milk coat the tongue to mask the spiciness and cool down your tongue. For these instances whole milk is better than any other type of milk due to the higher fat content. Next time you’re planning on eating anything remotely spicy, have glass of whole milk at your side to rid your tongue of the spice.
  • Eat bread. When you look at bread, it’s packed with tiny holes, which is what makes the bread light and fluffy. Those same qualities allow bread to absorb the oiliness associated with spicy foods. Therefore, if you’ve eaten something spicy your Dallas, TX general dentist recommends having bread or a similar type of wheat-based carb, like, muffins.
  • Eat a lime. Though many people think that eating something sour is counterproductive at relieving spicy food heat, it’s actually conducive towards relief. To use this method, try slicing a lime wedge and chew it with the skin. The oil from the lime removes the oil from the spicy food item.

Viva Dental Provides Dental Care Tips to Patients

If you would like more simple tips and tricks about dental care, consult with Dr. Truong. To schedule an appointment with your Dallas, TX general dentist, call us at (214) 337-7800. Also, visit our website for services, reviews, to learn more about our dental team. We happily serve new and existing patients in North Oak Cliff, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, Addison, Farmers Branch, and nearby suburbs.