7. In the
following days you should stick to a soft, bland diet and keep
your mouth clean.
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There’s no magic cure to make a burn heal faster, but there are
things you should avoid that can make it worse. According to
the experts, this includes very hot food (obviously); acidic or
spicy food, which can increase irritation; and sharp or crunchy
foods like chips, which can scratch and damage the fragile,
burned skin. Stick to foods like yogurt, oatmeal, or mashed
potatoes because they’ll feel a lot better, Bruce says.
Just like after you get your wisdom teeth out, after a burn you
want to keep your mouth clean. “Your mouth is naturally filled
with bacteria and most of it is harmless, but you still want to
keep your burn very clean to avoid an infection,” Bruce says.
So don’t touch, poke, or pick at the burn with your germy
You should brush your teeth — but be gentle or use a soft
toothbrush — and do a saltwater rinse two to three times a day.
The latter will kill bacteria and it’ll be more soothing than
mouthwash. A saltwater rinse is just one cup of warm water with
one-half teaspoon of table salt, Bruce says. And as we said
before, stick to over-the-counter pain meds or numbing gels to
manage the pain.