Factors that may complicate the condition or worsen symptoms include:

  • Tobacco products
  • Alcohol
  • Rough dental work
  • Poorly fitting dentures
  • Poor oral habits, such as biting the lip or cheeks
  • Buildup of dental plaque or tartar
  • Stress

In addition, oral lichen planus may increase the risk of oral cancers, particularly a type known as squamous cell carcinoma. To help prevent cancer, take these actions:

  • Get oral cancer screenings annually or as directed by your doctor.
  • If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Talk to your doctor to see if you should avoid alcohol completely.
  • If you use any tobacco products, quit. Talk to your doctor if you need help ending a tobacco habit.
March 08, 2013