What is Oral Lichen Planus?
Lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory disease that can be seen in various parts of the body including the oral cavity. In the mouth, it can be seen as white patches which are often associated with pain and discomfort.
What causes oral lichen planus?
The cause of oral lichen planus is unknown, but it is believed to be autoimmune in nature. This means that the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking it for a foreign invader. The exact reason why this happens is unclear, but it is thought to be triggered by certain medications, infections, or stress.
How can you prevent oral lichen planus?
There is no known way to prevent oral lichen planus, as the exact cause is unknown. However, there are some steps that may help to reduce the risk of developing the condition. These include avoiding triggers such as certain medications, infections, or stress. Additionally, good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups can help to keep the mouth healthy and reduce the likelihood of developing oral lichen planus.
How is oral lichen planus treated?