Lichen Planus

Lichen Planus is one of several diseases categorized as desquamative gingivitis. It is of unknown etiology and can affect skin and/or the oral cavity. Certain common medications can cause reactions similar to Lichen Planus, such as NSAID’s and cardiovascular drugs. There is no known cure, however several medications have been used successfully to alleviate this condition, and in some cases cause complete remission.


  • You will be prescribed medication for Lichen Planus. Use them as directed.
  • Avoid all products containing cinnamon, i.e. Dentyne, Dr. Pepper, etc.
  • Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. A preservative found in most toothpaste. We recommend the use of Biotene as your dentifrice and mouth rinse.
  • If no resolution occurs to initial treatment, a referral to a dermatologist may be made.