Angular Stomatitis

 

Angular stomatitis is the cracking or splitting of the corners of the mouth caused due to fungal or bacterial infection. Angular stomatitis may be caused by the fungus or bacteria, candida albicans. The infection occurs due to any condition where the saliva builds up in the mouth to create a moist environment that is favorable for bacteria and fungi to love. Other risk factor involves frequent licking of the lips or drooling while sleeping. Dentures which do not fit properly are also one of the causes for the occurrence of angular stomatitis. Ill-fitting dentures can causes accumulation of saliva in the corners of the mouth thus leading to the formation of the disease.

 

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