‘Cracking’ at the Corners of the Mouth
You want to be able to crack a smile — but you don’t want cracks around your smile. Unfortunately, that’s the problem if you have cheilosis.
Cheilosis, also known as angular cheilitis, is when skin cracks around the corners of your mouth. It is often caused by a yeast infection around the mouth that is called candidiasis.
The problem is most common in people who:
If You Have Dentures
You can prevent and manage this infection with good denture habits. Here are some tips:
Keep dentures free of food.
Brush dentures every day and soak them at night in a denture cleaner.
Remove dentures at nighttime.
Dealing with Dryness
A dry mouth can also add to the problem of candidiasis. To beat dryness:
If you think you might have an infection around your mouth, see your dentist or doctor. Medicines that fight fungus can help treat the condition.
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