Psoriasis is a well-known skin condition that many people experience in areas like the scalp, elbows, and knees. However, few are aware that this condition can take place in the mouth, it is very rare but still possible. While this condition is not serious, the dental clinic in North Kildonan understands it can be very uncomfortable for the patient experiencing the patches.
Unfortunately, there is much debate over the exact symptoms of oral psoriasis. They can quickly come and go or be very mild. Making the condition even more difficult to diagnose. However, some common symptoms may include patches of red skin with white or yellow edges. The patient may have oral sores, peeling gums, pus-filled blisters, changes in taste, pain or burning when eating foods, especially spicy foods.
One-way dentists may try to diagnose your oral psoriasis is by identifying other conditions you are experiencing. For example, those with fissured tongues, geographic tongues and swollen or infected gums are more likely to experience oral psoriasis. You are also more likely to experience oral psoriasis if you have skin psoriasis. Which would be evidence of patches on your skin.
Unfortunately, because there is much debate around oral psoriasis, it can sometimes be difficult to treat. Treatment is also not always necessary because many patients are not bothered by it.
However, if it is causing a patient pain or discomfort try rinsing your mouth out with warm water and a bit of salt. Avoid eating spicy foods, since this could cause psoriasis to flare up. Lastly, if you do smoke try to kick the habit.
If none of these treatment options help, consider contacting your Winnipeg dentist. They can provide you with treatment options to better help subdue the psoriasis outbreaks.