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By Carl H. Tegtmeier, DMD
February 14, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  
CrackedMouthCornerscanbeIrritating-HeresHowtoTreatThem

As dentists, we often see other mouth problems besides those with teeth and gums. One of the most common is cracking around the corners of the mouth. Although usually not serious, it can be irritating and uncomfortable.

Medically known as angular cheilitis (literally “an inflammation of the angles of the lip”), it’s also called perleche, derived from the French lecher, “to lick.” The latter moniker aptly describes the tendency of sufferers to compulsively lick the sores to relieve irritation, which actually can make things worse.

Perleche has a number of possible causes, mostly from in or around the mouth (although systemic diseases or medications can cause it on rare occasions). It’s often found among younger people who drool during sleep or older people with deep wrinkles along the sides of the mouth that increase the chances of dryness and cracking. Long-term wind or cold exposure, ill-fitting dentures or a lack of back teeth (which help support facial structure) may also contribute to the condition.

Patients with perleche can also develop yeast infections from a strain called candida albicans. The infection can spread through the whole mouth, significantly increasing the chances of physical discomfort.

Treating perleche often involves topical ointments with inflammation-reducing steroids and zinc oxide, which has antifungal properties, to provide an environmental barrier during the healing process. If a yeast infection occurs, we may treat it with oral or topical antifungal medication like Nystatin for the whole mouth and chlorhexidine rinses, which has antibacterial properties.

It also helps to adopt a few preventive measures that can minimize the occurrence of perleche. If you wear dentures, for example, cleaning them often (including, if necessary, with chlorhexidine) and leaving them out at night reduces bacterial and fungal growth. We can also see if your dentures are fitting properly. Replacing missing teeth provides better facial support and could minimize wrinkling around the mouth. And, of course, keeping up daily brushing and flossing helps ensure a healthy and disease-free mouth.

If you’re experiencing cracked mouth corners, let us know at your next appointment. With our help and of other medical professionals we may be able to give you relief from this irritating condition.

If you would like more information on gaining relief from angular cheilitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Cracked Corners of the Mouth.”


By CARL H. TEGTMEIER, DMD
February 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentist  

Looking for a dentist your family love? Family dentists provide dental care to people of all ages. A family dentist in Mount Kisco, NY, will family dentistprovide everything your family needs at one office. Dr. Carl Tegtmeier is one of the top dentists in Mount Kisco, NY. He offers a complete range of dental services. Here are some reasons to consider a family dentist. 

Dental Care Services

Family dentists diagnose, treat, and manage their patient's overall oral health care needs. Dental examinations, dental cleanings, and dental extractions are part of the job, along with treatment of oral health problems like cavities and tooth infections. Family dentists also offer cosmetic dentistry options to improve your smile. 

One-Stop-Shopping

One-stop-shop dental practices have become popular in the United States. With the hectic pace of our crazy busy lifestyles, we all look for ways to save time and make life simpler. Visits to a family dentist can mean fewer office visits. You will save time by having the same dentist provide dental care for your whole family. 

A Lifetime of Dental Care

Pediatric dentists provide dental care for kids. When you take your kids to a pediatric dentist, they will receive dental care into their teen years. After that time, they will need to look for another dentist. Your children can see a family dentist for their entire lives. 

Life is better with a healthy, beautiful smile. Call us at 914-241-2069 today to schedule a dental appointment in Mount Kisco, NY. When you step into our office in Mount Kisco, NY, you'll know you've found the perfect place for your family's dental care. Healthy, beautiful smiles are what we do best.