Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Why Do Mouth Wounds Heal So Fast?

Did you know that mouth wounds heal faster and more efficiently than any other wound? I found that pretty interesting since our mouths are full of bacteria, you would think they would be the hardest and slowest at healing.

The study involved experiments at three levels:
1. Endothelial, or blood vessel - forming, cells in culture
2. Chicken embryos as animal models
3. Saliva samples obtained by healthy donors.

Researchers found: out of the three experiments, histatin-1 and saliva were found to increased blood vessel formation and they are taking the next step in the study by using the molecules to generate materials and implants to aid in wound healing.

Thoru Pederson, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal said "The clear reuslts of the present study open a wide door to a therapeutic advance. They also bring to mind the possible meaning of animals and often children, "licking their wounds.""

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