When you bite the side of your cheek, you don’t put too much thought into it besides your initial discomfort. Why? You know that your mouth is going to heal pretty quickly.
Have you ever wondered how your body is able to repair itself so fast? Learn more about your amazing oral cavity and it’s healing process here in this week’s blog post!
Getting a Better Understanding of Our Oral Tissues
Unlike organ or skin tissue, the oral tissue tends to fix tears and cuts at a faster rate. Why is that?
Most of the tissue lining your cheeks, gums, tongue, and inner lips are considered “mucous tissues.” This type of tissue is primarily made up of ground substance, the mucous-like layer that cells float around in. There are small fibers and cells that help connect them, but for the most part, it’s free-flowing compared to other skin.
Other skin tissue has several layers of reconstructing tissue for damaged areas. Since mucous tissue has a much simpler composition, the healing process is much faster, regenerating your wound in a straight forward fashion.
The Mouth Has a Regular Blood Supply
Blood contains cells that are required for the healing process to take place. In addition to a simpler structure, the easy access to blood supply makes it easier to heal your mouth. Your mouth is very close to the head and neck, which both have great access to steady blood flow.
Mucous tissue is highly vascular, meaning there are hundreds of blood vessels within it. The easy blood flow brings a lot of nutrients and oxygen to the wounded area, kicking off the healing process.
Your Natural Saliva Helps to Heal
A small protein found in saliva called “histatin” does more than you may think/ In fact, you might not even be familiar with it.
For many years, it was known as an antibacterial agent. But studies have found that it is a catalyzer to the healing process in the mouth. A small protein in saliva previously only believed to kill bacteria was actually responsible for the accelerated healing in a research studies culture!
Another enzyme found in mucous tissue and saliva is called “secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor” (SLPI). SLPI is also involved in many more healing processes in the body. This enzyme embodies anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties that help your body recover when it’s injured.
Your Mouth Has You Covered.
When you get a cut in the mouth, you almost never have to worry (unless there’s excessive bleeding). Your body has been healing itself for years—and your mouth isn’t any different!
If you want to help your mouth heal a small cut even faster, you don’t have to do much. Simply rinsing your mouth with salt water is helpful.
As mentioned above, if you’re concerned that your injury is more serious, feel free to reach out for professional assistance from your local dentist.
About Our Office
When you need advice for dental problems or generally have oral health questions, it’s best to reach out to someone who’s familiar with the mouth through and through. Your dental team at Franklin Avenue Dental Care is here to help you repair any oral damage, including lacerations in your mouth. Learn more about how we can help you by contacting us!