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Dental and Oral Health (Adults)

Lichen planus and Nicorette gum

12/09/2008

Question:

I had lichen planus in my mouth last year and used a applied steriod on the sores. It did take care of them, but the inside of my checks and tounge are overly sensitive to everything. It burns so bad when I brush my teeth (even with bubble gum tothpaste) that it brings tears. Do you think that Nicorette gum prevents a total healing? My oral surgeon did not think that this has anything to do with my Lichen Planus. Are there antibiotics one should take?

Answer:

I tend to agree with your oral surgeon. I doubt that the soreness has to do with the Nicorette. Antibiotics don't help with the problem either. Lichen planus is best treated with systemic and topical steroids. I would suggest speaking with your physician.

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Response by:

Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS Daniel Nathan Reed, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University