Tongue pain can be due to so many different things. Some of those that you can put the blame on include:
- The presence of canker or mouth sores
- Accidentally biting your tongue
- Burn caused by the intake of something that’s too hot
- Infection of the taste buds due to trauma or poor oral hygiene
- Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
There are instances in which tongue pain can be due to some serious matters such as oral thrush, type 2 diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, burning mouth syndrome, multiple sclerosis and oral cancer.
Aside from pain, it’s also possible for you to experience:
- Swelling of the tongue
- Changes in taste perception
- Partial or complete loss of taste
- Difficulty moving the tongue
- Difficulty eating, drinking and talking
If your tongue pain is keeping you from having a normal day or it seems to be getting worse, make sure that you report the problem to your dentist right away.
In the meantime, there are some home remedies that you may give a try in order to put the problem under control. Check which of the following can help alleviate the symptoms you are experiencing:
Warm Salt Water
Especially if it’s quite clear that your tongue pain is brought about by the presence of canker or mouth sores on your tongue, it’s a good idea for you to gargle with warm salt water (a tablespoon of rock salt stirred into a glass of warm water) 2 to 3 times a day.
For immediate relief from tongue pain, you may try sucking on some ice chips — this will immediately and temporarily deaden the nerves in your tongue. You may also drink cold water or consume ice slush, or have an ice pop.
Put simply, oil pulling is swishing a little oil in your mouth and then spitting it out after a few seconds. The best oil for the job in order to reduce tongue pain is coconut oil — it possesses superb antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties that can come in very handy especially if the problem is due to an infection.
Unable get your hands on coconut oil? Worry not because you may simply opt for honey. Just like coconut oil, it has the power to zap microbes that is leaving your tongue inflamed and achy. A few times a day, rub a little honey on affected areas using your clean fingertip.
There are a couple of reasons why the intake of chamomile tea is great for alleviating tongue pain. First, it can help deal with acid reflux or GERD that can cause tongue pain due to irritation brought about by regurgitated acid. Second, it helps relieve pain and swelling of the tongue.
One more very effective home remedy for acid reflux or GERD that can cause tongue pain is aloe vera — consume half a cup of it each time your acid reflux or GERD is acting up. If your tongue pain is not due to the said digestive issue, you may simply swish a little aloe vera juice in your mouth a few times a day.
Good Oral Hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean is a very important step to take each time you are experiencing tongue pain in order to keep the problem from worsening and also to fend off complications. Just remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating your tongue further.
Avoid Spicy or Acidic Foods
Consuming something that’s spicy or acidic will surely leave your achy tongue even more painful. Needless to say, it’s a good idea for you to momentarily steer clear of spicy and acidic foods. Also, refrain from consuming foods and beverages that are super hot.