What Causes Swollen Taste Buds?

August 13, 2018 | Posted in Education

Taste buds are the reason that you can tell sweet from sour, and salty from bitter. Every person has around 10,000 taste buds in total, and they are housed inside of the tiny bumps on your tongue, called papillae. Normally, you shouldn’t be able to feel your taste buds. But sometimes, they can swell up. Swollen taste buds can be very painful, and make drinking and eating uncomfortable. Some of the conditions that can cause your teeth to swell up are:

  • Acid Reflux - If acid makes it all the way into your mouth, it can burn the papillae on your tongue.

  • Allergies - Certain foods or substances can cause reactions when they hit your tongue.

  • Mouth Burns - Hot drinks and foods can burn taste buds, causing them to swell up.

  • Smoking - Cigarettes contain chemicals that can irritate the taste buds.

  • Stress - Being under stress has been linked to a number of health issues, including swollen taste buds.

  • Transient Lingual Papillitis - A common condition that causes inflamed taste buds. Only lasts for a short amount of time.

  • Oral Cancer - Very rarely, swollen taste buds could be a sign of oral cancer.

Usually, swollen taste buds will go away on their own after a few days. If you find yourself getting them frequently, make sure to practice proper oral hygiene, avoid spicy and acidic foods, and quit smoking. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.