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

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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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