Biting your tongue or cheek when chewing can ruin a tasty meal. But thankfully, mouth wounds heal up fast â€” faster than cuts on skin â€” and now scientists know why. According to new research published today in Science Translational Medicine, mouths are primed for healing. The find could help researchers transfer the mouthâ€™s curative superpowers to make skin lesions heal faster too.
Paper cuts, scraped knees and similar skin wounds take about a week to heal. But pressure ulcers, traumatic