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ibstubro's avatar

Will drinking a lot of hot coffee or other hot beverages damage your tastebuds?

Asked by ibstubro (18717points) January 16th, 2016

If yes, permanently or temporarily?
Over how long a period of time?
All, or just certain areas/tastes?

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Damage? If the beverage is hot enough, then yes, your taste buds can be burned and lose sensitivity; you can’t sense anything until those nerves grow back.

You can also ‘bore’ your tastebuds by eating the same thing over and over; your tastebuds get used to a particular taste or flavor, and it no longer makes as much of an impression when you eat.

Coloma's avatar

You might scald them but mouth wounds heal very quickly. Bonus…now “they” are saying if you drink 5 cups or more of coffee a day it will protect you from brain cancer.

Cruiser's avatar

Scalding your tastes buds can destroy their ability to taste but all taste buds regenerate regularly and in a short period of time the scalded taste buds are replaced. Think first degree burn for how long it might take the taste buds to heal and regenerate.

zenvelo's avatar

Truly hot scalding McDonalds hot coffee would have the same effect as eating a slice of bubbling cheese pizza right out of the oven. All is fine in about 36 hours.

Cruiser's avatar

Idiopathic glossopyrosis or a tongue burn can heal in about two weeks without specific treatment. However, some burns can last up to six weeks.

Burning tongue syndrome can persist for months or even years. According to the Cleveland Clinic, approximately 30 percent of individuals with burning tongue syndrome improve within three to five years without treatment.

Seek's avatar

I have read that taste buds die off as you age.

If hot coffee and tea did it I’d have lost all sensation years ago. Haha.

ibstubro's avatar

@Cruiser‘s link says a tongue burn takes 2–6 weeks to heal.

Additionally:
“A burn of the tongue can also destroy taste buds, creating a lack of sensation where the burn occurred. This is typically a short-term complication because your taste buds regenerate about every two weeks.”

Cruiser's avatar

Well @ibstubro I guess that would be true in the case of a tongue “burn” which I would believe is much more severe than just sip of hot coffee “scalding” and @zenvelo‘s assessment that a scalded tongue would be back up and tasting after 36ish hours to be reasonably accurate.

ibstubro's avatar

Then post a link that contradicts your previous link and, instead, supports @zenvelo‘s opinion that a scald is okay in 36 hours, @Cruiser.

I quoted from the link you provided and there is no other supporting evidence cited.

From your post before @zenvelo‘s:
Scalding your tastes buds can destroy their ability to taste but all taste buds regenerate regularly and in a short period of time the scalded taste buds are replaced.
From your link:
“A burn of the tongue can also destroy taste buds, creating a lack of sensation where the burn occurred. This is typically a short-term complication because your taste buds regenerate about every two weeks.”

You supported both your posts with one link, and make a 3rd post trying to deny the facts?

Cruiser's avatar

@ibstubro ? How does my link contradict my previous post? One talks about tongue scalds the other talks about sever tongue burns…worlds apart. Your question made no distinction one way or the other which leaves it wide open to both interpretations. Be thankful so many took their time to offer up as many answers as they did to your shotgun approach question. Sheesh!

Silence04's avatar

I’d imagine it reacts much like your skin. If you get a small burn your skin will heal completely, if it’s a bad burn it could be scared forever.

ibstubro's avatar

Will drinking a lot of hot coffee or other hot beverages damage your tastebuds?
Is shotgun? @Cruiser

Let’s see. Scald = 1st degree burn.
Your link:
Symptoms of a Tongue Burn
“A burn of the tongue will look and feel different, depending on the degree of the burn:
A first-degree burn involves the outermost layer of the tongue. You’ll experience pain, and your tongue may become red and swollen.”

The link is not about severe tongue burns, but about comparing “Tongue burns” and “Secondary burning mouth syndrome”. I read it all.

Cruiser's avatar

@ibstubro No not really but “If yes, permanently or temporarily? Over how long a period of time? All, or just certain areas/tastes?” is shotgunning.

ibstubro's avatar

Oh.
I thought that was known as “details”.
If the question itself is clear and concise, how can asking for elaboration be “shotgunning”?

I have had to re-write questions in the past because they were not “clear, concise, and in question form” with my details providing “enough detail to adequately answer [the question] and/or prompt a good discussion.”

Not only do I feel as though I’ve not strayed from that format, I feel the question is an excellent example.

Bizarrely enough, there didn’t seem to be a problem until I gave you a good answer and quoted your link, verbatim. Then you took offense at yourself?

Seek's avatar

Boys, don’t make me turn this car around.

ibstubro's avatar

It’s the Dr. Spock in me., @Seek

Cruiser's avatar

“Then you took offense at yourself” @ibstubro By now you should not be surprised by this! ;D

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