Pain happens when something is not right. Ill-fitting dentures and excessive licking on the corners of your mouth are two causes of Cheilosis or Cheilosis. Inflammation occurs when moisture is trapped in the corners of your mouth. This creates an optimal place for the growth of yeast (candida) infections.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
People with dentures, the habit of licking or whipping the corners of your mouth, anemia, immune deficiency, or diabetes are more likely to have Cheilosis. The first signs are painful inflammation, cracking, or fluid build-up in the corners of your mouth. Diagnosing Cheilosis is painless. Dr. Reddy will examine your dentures if you have any. You should be able to separate your top and bottom teeth. Next, Dr. Reddy may ask about your oral licking or rubbing habits in the corners of your mouth. Dr. Reddy may also take a blood test. This will identify anemias or immune deficiencies. Lastly, Dr. Reddy will take a culture sample of saliva from the corners of your mouth. With this, she can identify bacterial or yeast infections.
The GOOD News
Cheilosis is curable! Once you have been diagnosed the recovery is quick. The first step is to either adjust ill-fitting dentures or eliminate licking or rubbing habits in the corners of your mouth. If Dr. Reddy identifies an infection, it can be treated with steroids, antifungal, or antibacterial medications. These can be placed directly on the corners of your mouth. People with higher risk factors such as anemia, immune deficiency, or diabetes, may have a more developed infection. In this case, Dr. Reddy may recommend an oral (swallowed) antifungal drug.
The first step to relieving pain in the corners of your mouth is through an examination with Dr. Reddy to identify the source of the discomfort. From there, the recovery process is curable and quick. To prevent Cheilosis, reduce licking and rubbing habits on the corners of your mouth and visit SmileUP to ensure your dentures are fitting properly. The next step to relieve your pain is just one call away! Call SmileUP at 940-218-9110 for more information.