There are certain problems in dentistry that walk through the office door that make us kind of wince. These are the issues we see in patients that can be difficult to find a resolution for. One condition that has done this to me in the past… Angular Cheilitis. Some refer to it as Perleche or angular stomatitis. Occasionally, cold sores and angular cheilitis can be confused. However, cold sores are a different illness which we know is brought on by the herpes virus. Cold sores can spread, angular cheilitis can’t. Nonetheless, both are hard to treat. But when it is truly angular cheilitis its hard to find a solution that actually provides results.
On top of already being difficult to get rid of, this condition is easily exacerbated by fungal infections. Having something you can apply directly to that area is super helpful. A lot of the time you’re prescribed a topical steroid cream and they don’t work. I like to use OraCare for these patients because it can actually clear that up in just a few days. You pump the liquid out into a cup, take a cotton ball, place it in there, soak it, and then apply the damp ball to the area for about a minute and that’ll clear up in just a few days. Also provides patients with a lot of comfort for this specific condition.
Kristin Goodfellow RDH
Kristin is Chief Clinical Officer of OraCare, a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist