I seem to keep getting cracks in the corner of my mouth. They hurt! I’m 76 and don’t feel like dealing with this annoyance. I have also been a denture wearer for over seven years. Do you know what is happening?
- Violet in Virginia
Cracking or lesions in the corners of your lips is called Angular Chelitis. For many, the condition remedies itself. But for some, it is very painful and has been known to bleed. There are many causes. Although the dentures may not be causing the problem, it could be due to an issue before your dentures were placed. When one is missing teeth or when your teeth were removed, specifically in the front of the mouth, the mouth can over close. Without the teeth, this area of the mouth lacks support. The denture may be contributing to the irritation if it is not fitting correctly. You probably want to get into your dentist to see if it needs to be remade.
Others develop Angular Chelitis from:
- Iron deficiency
- Eating disorder
- Habitual biting or licking lips
- Excessive dry skin
- Protein deficiency (typically occurs in elderly)
- Infection from bacteria or fungus
A topical antibiotic will take care of infections on the skin, but you may want to meet with your doctor to ensure any vitamin deficiencies are not present. It is important to pinpoint the cause so you can be properly treated and find relief once and for all.
This post is sponsored by Cleveland dentist Hylan Dental Care.