Oral Signs of Nutrient Deficiencies

Angular Cheilitis is due to reduced resistance to infection, secondary to nutrient deficiencies. Treatment involves antifungal therapy, correction of the nutrient deficiency, and dietary changes to make eating a more comfortable experience. Temperate, non-spicy foods and fluids (at least 6–8 cups of fluid per day) should be used to avoid further lip and mouth irritation

Angular Stomatitis or Cheilosis may cause difficulty and pain when opening the mouth wide, laughing and/or eating. Persons may lick their lips repeatedly with their tongues to moisten them; this causes further irritation and infection.