Ouch! That’s Hot! Food Scientists Invent Strips To Heal Pizza Mouth Burn


Did that slice of pizza just burn the roof of your mouth off? That’s what happens when you take a bite of something that just 30 seconds before was in a 500-degree oven. If we can’t be relied on to use our own smarts when it comes to searing-hot pizza, at least science can step in and help us. Introducing pizza burn healing strips!

According to Discovery News, a group of researchers from the University of New Mexico and the University of Texas at Austin have designed strips to combat pizza mouth burn. The strips, which dissolve upon contact in your mouth (much like those breath-freshener strips), provide an anesthetic (benzocaine) to numb the pain and a therapeutic polymer to help heal the burn. The strips can be applied to the tongue, cheek, or roof of mouth. Lead researcher, Dr. Jason McConville, said the following in the official press release:

We found these strips to be non-toxic, which has huge potential for anyone who burns their mouth while eating and drinking hot foods–and that’s just about everyone.

Further testing is required before these hit the market, so in the meantime, take care of your mouth… and watch those hot pizza slices!

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Cambria Bold


Cambria Bold is the Managing Editor of Cubby, and one of Apartment Therapy Media’s first full-time editors from way back when. She was the founding Design and Lifestyle Editor for Kitchn and the Managing Editor for Apartment Therapy’s green living site, Re-Nest (RIP). After a few years offline and then working elsewhere, she’s back to share ideas about design, kids, and family life. It’s helpful that she now has two little kids and lots of thoughts about all those things. She lives with said kids and their father in St. Paul, MN.