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Oral Lichen Planus is a complication that affects the mucous membrane inside the mouth. The disease may cause red and swollen tissues, open sores, or white and lacy patches. Pain, burning, and discomfort is associated with this condition. If left untreated, this may lead to serious medical complications like oral cancer. The disease affects 1-2% of the population, commonly women over the age of 50 years. Oral lichen planus can also occur in men but rarely affects children. Oral Lichen Planus is with unknown causes and is not contagious

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Symptoms of Oral Lichen Planus

  • Burning sensation or pain in the infected area.
  • The sensitivity of the mouth to spicy, acidic or hot foods.
  • Bleeding and irritation during brushing of teeth.
  • Inflammation of the gums or gingivitis.
  • Discomfort when speaking, chewing or swallowing.
  • Thick and painful patches on the tongue

Lifestyle and Home Remedies

ADJUST DIET

Avoid spicy, salty, acidic or sharp textured foods because it may worsen the symptoms. Instead, eat foods that are soft to reduce the pain.

PRACTICE GOOD ORAL HYGIENE

Reduce the symptoms by cleaning the mouth regularly by brushing and flossing. Use mild toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash to prevent further irritation on the infected area.

MANAGE STRESS

Stress complicate symptoms that is why is it essential to manage it. Visit a mental health specialist to help you identify the cause of your stress and develop stress management strategies.

AVOID IRRITANTS

Eliminate the use of tobacco or drinking of alcohol while suffering from this disorder. Tobacco and alcoholic drinks are associated with strong chemicals that may irritate the area and cause severe infection.

Oral Lichen Planus does not have any cure because it is a chronic disease. These home remedies and other medical treatments are only used to minimize the pain and heal lesions. Our doctors in Smiles for Centreville can help you determine the right treatment for your condition.

If you are experiencing symptoms of oral lichen planus, contact our office at Smiles for Centreville for Dental Treatments in Centreville. You can book your appointment with us by calling us at 571-248-7049. We are conveniently located at  14245-P Centreville Square, Centreville, VA 20121.