Inflamed taste buds can be healed by applying soothing agents to the area, such as ice, and through mouth swishing with items, such as baking soda, honey, glycerin and tea tree oil. There are 2,000 to 8,000 taste buds on the human tongue.
There are taste buds on the human tongue, epiglottis, esophagus, and soft palate. The taste buds at the tip of the tongue detect sweetness, the taste buds in the back detect bitterness, and the taste buds at the sides of the tongue detect saltiness. If the taste buds swell and get inflamed it makes it difficult for a person to taste the flavors in foods and drinks.
To heal the taste buds, a person will need to visit the doctor for possible prescription medication, and then apply soothing agents as well as swish with healing items.
These are all possible methods of healing the inflammation of the taste buds. Gargling with warm salt water can help to boost blood flow to reduce inflammation. Applying ice to the mouth and to the sore tongue can help to bring down swelling. Swishing with baking soda, honey, glycerin and tea tree oil are also a great way to soothe taste bud inflammation. If the inflamed taste buds are because of infection, then eating ginger, pepper and garlic can help. Prescription medication can also reduce pain though it is unlikely to heal the inflammation.