There’s nothing more annoying than burning your tongue on a hot cup of coffee or soup — and we’re looking at a lot of mouth burns as we gear up for another cold Wisconsin winter. Fortunately, the discomfort will usually only last for the rest of the day. Get a burn anywhere else on your body and you’ll be waiting at least a couple of days for it to heal. So, dentist in Stevens Point, why does the mouth heal so fast? We’ve got the answer to your most burning question in this week’s blog post — it has to do with the makeup of oral tissues, your saliva, and the amount of blood flow in your mouth. Keep reading to find out more.
Oral Tissues Are Less Complex
The inside of your mouth is made up of what we call “mucous tissue.” The oral mucosa is a relatively simple tissue compared to the multi-layered skin that covers the rest of your body. When it is wounded by a burn or bite, it does not take as long to heal as the same injury would on a finger or your arm, for example.
Healing Powers in Saliva
You may not think of spit as being very “clean,” but your saliva is actually largely responsible for the healing that goes on when you get a burn or cut in your mouth. Saliva promotes healing by creating a humid environment — and that keeps the inflammatory cells that are responsible for healing functioning well. Certain proteins and growth factors present in spit also spur regeneration of the oral tissue.
Blood Flow Promotes Healing
Your oral mucosa is also filled with a lot of little blood cells, which means that the mouth gets plenty of blood flow to help it heal faster. That’s also why your mouth bleeds more when it’s cut or otherwise injured. In this case, bleeding is a good thing — blood brings important nutrients to the area to help it heal faster.
When Wounds Don’t Heal
In most cases, a wound or lesion in the mouth should get better within a few days following the injury. If you have a sore in your mouth that keeps coming back or doesn’t go away after two weeks, though, you should see your dentist right away. A lesion that does not heal is a major warning sign of oral cancer. Engaging in routine preventive care by visiting your dentist every six months can help with the early detection of oral cancer.
About the Authors
The team at Point Place Dental is passionate about providing high quality dentistry for friends and families in and around Rosholt, WI. To learn more about their comprehensive preventive, restorative, or cosmetic services, you are invited to contact the office at 715-544-1277.