Cracked Corners Around The Mouth

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Cracked corners around the mouth is a more common condition than most people realise. It’s medically referred to as angular cheilitis or perleche. Angular cheilitis is an infection, bacterial or fungal, characterised by inflammation around the corners of the mouth often due to excessive licking leading to irritation. This concern is further characterised by redness and cracking of the skin around the lips.

There are many possible causes for angular cheilitis and often these causes are associated with what is going on around the mouth or inside the mouth. I have listed some of the possible causes of angular cheilitis below which include: Read More…

Preventing & Treating Gum Disease

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You may be surprised to learn that gum disease is the most common disease affecting between 50% and 80% of all adults. What is even more startling is that this research points to the link that poor oral hygiene, leading to gum disease, may also contribute to other diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

There are more than 400 species of microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, which reside in the mouth. Most of these are necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, however a small percentage of bacteria can cause significant damage leading to gum disease. Read More…