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Dent Update. 2009 Jan-Feb;36(1):26-7.

Oro-facial thermal injury caused by food heated in a microwave oven.

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University Dental Hospital of Manchester, Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester M15 6FH, UK.

Abstract

Burns to the oral mucosa usually result from the accidental ingestion of hot food or beverages. The burns are usually of short duration and little consequence. The widespread use of microwave ovens, however, has added a new dimension to the problem. Microwave ovens heat food much quicker than a conventional oven, but they produce uneven heating within the food and extremely high temperatures can be reached. We describe two cases of patients who suffered inadvertent injury to the oral mucosa from the ingestion of microwave-heated food.

PMID:
19294832
DOI:
10.12968/denu.2009.36.1.26
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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