We’re all familiar with the most common oral health concerns, tooth decay, and gum disease. However, there is a range of other diseases, syndromes, and conditions that can impact the health of our oral cavity. When these appear, we can often experience symptoms that aren’t eased by consistent oral hygiene. One such condition, oral lichen planus, often reveals itself in the form of burning sensations and a white lace-like lattice that forms in the mucous membranes in our mouth. This inflammatory condition is relatively common and cannot be cured. However, the team at Dentistry of Miami can help you take control of the symptoms and limit the impact they have on your life.
How We Diagnose and Treat Oral Lichen Planus
The mucous membranes in our mouth are known as the oral mucosa. These membranes comprise the soft tissues that line our oral cavity, such as our cheeks. When oral lichen planus is present, this is the most common area of the mouth for symptoms to appear. Oral lichen planus often accompanies auto-immune diseases but can appear in patients not suffering from those conditions.
After the appearance of the white lattice in the membranes, you may notice the following:
- Open sores or ulcers
- Burning sensations in the oral cavity
- Symptoms similar to dry mouth
- Red, inflamed tissues within the mouth
Symptoms like these indicate it’s time to stop in and see our dental health team immediately. Identifying oral lichen planus as soon as possible helps with treating and managing your symptoms. As mentioned above, there is no known cure for oral lichen planus, but treatment options are available to help control the symptoms.
These treatments are aimed at helping manage the discomfort that comes with this condition and prevent it from becoming worse. Further, treating the condition can help ensure that no further complications occur in response to OLP. Some of the common approaches for treating OLP include the following:
- Lifestyle changes
- Stress management
- Pharmaceutical treatments
- Dietary changes
Oral lichen planus is still being studied. The understanding of the condition, its causes, symptoms, and treatments grow with each passing day. Oral infections, injuries, and medications can all play a role in the first appearance of oral lichen planus. One of the most common factors causing more severe symptoms is spicy food consumption. These foods can cause flare-ups and greater discomfort as they interact with the oral lichen planus condition.
How Dentistry Of Miami Helps Treat Oral Lichen Planus
Our dedicated team is here to provide exceptional dental care to the community in and around Miami, FL. We’re here to provide the support you need when complex oral conditions like this make an appearance. Once we have your symptoms under control, we can focus on ensuring you experience whole-mouth health. With consistent dental hygiene, regular dental visits, and a team of experts on your side, you’re sure to have a beautiful and healthy smile. You can arrange your first appointment by calling (760) 568-0130 or visiting our offices in Miami, FL, today!