WHY WOUNDS IN THE MOUTH HEAL FASTER THAN WOUNDS ON SKIN Albuquerque dentist
A study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology reported that an element in human saliva accounts for the fact that mouth injuries heal faster and more efficiently than wounds elsewhere. The study reported that the salivary peptide, histatin-1 promoted blood vessel formation faster than that which occurred in regular skin healing. The study also found that histatin-1 also promoted cell adhesion and cell migration, also important in wound repair.
These findings could point the way to therapies that could improve wound healing in skin. Work thus far has been done in the laboratory with endothelial (skin) cells in culture and with chicken embryos, but animal and human studies can’t be too far behind.
An article on this report in sciencedaily.com can be read by clicking here.
The fact that dogs, cats, and small children instinctively lick their wounds may be associated with more than simply cleaning the wound.
At Clark Family Dental we have long pointed out to patients that wounds in the mouth heal very rapidly, although we haven’t gotten around to recommending licking injuries on other parts of their bodies.
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