Oral Submucous fibrosis (O-SMF) is a chronic condition of the oral cavity characterized by inflammation and progressive fibrosis of the submucous tissues. O-SMF results in marked rigidity and an eventual inability to open the mouth. The buccal mucosa is the most commonly involved site, but any part of oral cavity can be involved, even the phanynx.
Products such as Paan Masala and Guthka appear to cause the disease because of higher amounts of areca nut.
Other causes include –
Extreme Climatic Conditions
Prolonged defiency of Iron and Vitamins in diet
Initally the mucosa feels leathery with hard bands. In the advanced stage the oral mucosa looses its softness and becomes white and stiff.
Other features are –
Difficulty in mouth opening and protusion of tongue
Pain in the ear or deafness
Restriction of the movement of the soft palate
A bud like shrunken uvala
Pigmentation of the oral mucosa
Dryness of the mouth
Homoeopathically, we have great number of medicine to treat the OSMF / Oral Ulcers / Leukoplakia and lessen the chances of developing maligancy
These disease conditions can be cured permanently with help of proper homoeopathic medicine
Homoeopathic medicines also offer the help to remove the addition to tobacco, which is assumed to be one of the most important cause of OSMF and Leukoplakia
Management also Includes
Abstinence from chewing areca nut , tobacco, Paan Masala and Gutkha in case of OSMF and Leukoplakia
Avoid consumption of spicy and acidic foods
Maintaining proper oral hygiene
To decrease the use of hot coffee and tea
To avoid alcohol consumption
To add supplements to the diet like vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C and Iron