July 31, 2013
Dear Sir or Madam:
I hope I am doing this right. My daughter said to write you. I’ve never written a blog before so I don’t know the protochol. You’ll forgive me if I’ve broken some rules. I am 77 years old and have been wearing full dentures for the past six years. The last few weeks the corners of my mouth have started cracking and bleeding. Is it related to my dentures?
Mrs. R. Mavis
You haven’t broken any rules. In fact, your post has the most form I have ever had the privelege of reading. Posts are generally quite informal.
Regarding your question, you have what is known as Angular Chelitis. It is a form of cheilosis. It is possible that your dentures have been a part of the cause. If your dentures are ill fitting it can lead to the cracking and bleeding you are referring to. Have your dentures been uncomfortable? Do they move around a lot? If so, this needs to be dealt with because they can lead to even greater problems.
There are other causes of cheilosis. One of the most common is a ribofavin deficiency. Below I will list all the current known causes. You can speak with your doctor/ dentist and start eliminating the cuases.
- Deficiency in riboflavin, iron, and/or zinc, or protein
- Poorly fitting dentures
- Missing teeth for an extended period of time
- Chewing or licking your lips
- Bacterial or fungal infections
One thing I am also concerened about with you having full dentures, did your dentist warn you about facial collapse? If he never mentioned that to you, please contact me. I want to make sure you understand all the pros and cons of your dentures.
You may also be interested in learning about dental implants.
This blog is brought to you by Bridewater Dentist Dr. Mike Mavrostomos.