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OUCH! Pizza Burns

Close-Up of PizzaDo you enjoy eating fresh, hot pizza? If so, you may have experienced a common mouth injury—”pizza burn.”

Dentists use this term for a minor burn of the gums and the roof of the mouth (palate). The most frequent cause is biting into hot food such as pizza. The telltale sign of a pizza burn is a blister or ulcer on the small, raised area of gum behind the front teeth (incisive papilla) or near the upper first molar.

This injury is not usually serious, but it will be mildly uncomfortable, especially during eating, for several days. Avoid biting into coarse or hot foods, and brush and floss carefully. If the area is very painful, a topical anesthetic should make it feel a lot better.

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About Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS

Home » Meet Us Meet Us Header - Meet Us Meet your local Highlands Ranch dentist. Frank P. Scavuzzo, DDS Dr. Scavuzzo has worked and trained extensively to build a practice that exceeds your expectations of trusted, personalized dental care. He consistently brings his patients only the best that modern dentistry has to offer, by keeping himself and his team informed on the latest advances and available techniques. After attending the University of Denver, Dr. Scavuzzo earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, where he graduated in 1987. Since then, he has kept up-to-date on the newest developments in his field through numerous continuing education courses in improving smiles, creating youthful smiles, and treating jaw, facial and joint pain. He also remains active in the dental community as a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Scavuzzo’s top priorities are patient comfort and satisfaction. Dr. Scavuzzo and his team look forward to your visit and to showing you the many ways in which personalized dental care can improve your life.

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