Have you ever heard of cheilosis? There's a good chance that you haven't, but you may have experienced the condition without knowing exactly what it is called.
Cheilosis is a painful cracking and inflammation of the corners of the mouth. While it typically involves both sides of the mouth, it could occur on either one side or the other. By knowing more about the condition, you can take steps to prevent and treat it as soon as possible.
Causes of Cheilosis
There are a variety of causes of this condition. People with bad habits that can irritate the corners of their mouth, such as licking the area, could cause the condition to develop.
This is due to moisture gathering in the area and creating a fertile environment for yeast infections to develop. In other cases, the disorder will affect people with ill-fitting dentures, especially when they don't separate their jaws adequately.
The Signs of Cheilosis
The symptoms of cheilosis are pretty straight forward and involve painful inflammation and cracking of the corners of the mouth. Simply looking at your mouth can diagnose the problem, and your dentist will be able to determine if your dentures are the cause of the problem.
Treating the condition will first involve finding the source of the problem. If it is due to a denture issue, altering your appliance can make all of the difference.
If an infection has resulted, you may need to treat it with antifungal medications, steroids, and antibiotics that can be applied to the skin. Severe infections may need to be treated with oral antifungals, but this usually only happens if someone has an underlying medical condition.
If you experience cracks or sores in the corners of your mouth that don't go away, or if you have any other concerns, be sure to contact our office for guidance.