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Who is most at risk for angular cheilitis?

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You’re more likely to get angular cheilitis if the corners of your mouth are moist a lot of the time. This might happen for many reasons, such as:

  • You have braces.
  • You wear dentures that don’t fit well.
  • You lick your lips a lot.
  • You have a lot of saliva.
  • Your teeth are crooked, or your bite isn’t lined up correctly.
  • You have sagging skin around your mouth from weight loss or age.
  • You suck your thumb.
  • You smoke.
  • You don’t get enough nutrients, like vitamin B or iron.

From: Angular Cheilitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Angular Cheilitis."

American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications," "Diabetes and Oral Health Problems."

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Forecast: "Embarrassing Body Problems You Need to Know About."

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario: "Angular Cheilitis."

Devani, A. 2007. Canadian Family Physician,

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association: "How do I manage a patient with angular cheilitis?"

Sharon, V. , 2010. Dermatologic Therapy

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Angular Cheilitis."

American Diabetes Association: "Skin Complications," "Diabetes and Oral Health Problems."

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Forecast: "Embarrassing Body Problems You Need to Know About."

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario: "Angular Cheilitis."

Devani, A. 2007. Canadian Family Physician,

Journal of the Canadian Dental Association: "How do I manage a patient with angular cheilitis?"

Sharon, V. , 2010. Dermatologic Therapy

 

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on August 23, 2018

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