What is Oral Lichen Planus? | Dental Dilemmas | Bolton News | 2nd February 2016

What is Oral Lichen Planus: Dr Mohsin Patel Answers your Dental Dilemmas

Oral Lichen Planus | Dr Mohsin Patel | Dental Dilemmas | Bolton News

Lichen Planus is a long-lasting disease, which can affect the mouth and it is called ‘oral lichen planus’. It can appear on its own or as part of a disease affecting other parts of your body and usually happens from middle age onwards, and more women get it than men.

The most common signs are white patches on the lining of your mouth (usually your cheeks, tongue and gums). These don’t usually hurt, but sometimes there can be redness, ulcers or, very rarely, blistering. If so, you may find it painful to eat hot or spicy foods.

There is no known cause of lichen planus in most patients.  It may be a sign of a weakness in the body’s immune system. Occasionally it can be caused by a reaction to various medicines. Emotional stress, spicy food or citrus fruits can often cause the symptoms to get worse.

Usually oral lichen planus only needs to be treated when there are painful symptoms. This is usually done by putting a corticosteroid cream on the area. Some areas may need other treatments, such as immunosuppressants applied to the area.

Your dentist may advise you on avoiding things that make the condition worse, such as spicy foods and things you may be allergic to.

As the cause is usually not known it is impossible to stop oral lichen planus happening. To avoid the risk of serious disease of the lining of your mouth: don’t smoke, don’t drink large amounts of alcohol but DO eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

How to Help Keep Your Mouth in Check

Synergy Farnworth Can Help Take Care of Your Mouth

It can seem overwhelming with all the different dental advice you may hear over the years, but the dental team at Synergy Dental Farnworth can help make everything clear and understandable.  Give the team a quick call on 01204 657513 or you can email your questions and concerns at swanlane@synergydental.org.uk.

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