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Instruction Sheet for Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis
Instructions for Patients
© 2011 SQUIGLE, Inc. last revision Nov 13, 2011

These instructions are provided as a guide to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician or dentist. These Instructions have been created after hundreds of hours of discussions with patients and physicians. They are not meant to be rigid and unchanging. Of course, we hope they work for you. But if they don't, please contact SQUIGLE, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-718-0718 (9 am to 5 pm, EST).

This is crucial: Use either SQUIGLE® Toothpaste or TOOTH BUILDER® Toothpaste as your only toothpaste (do not apply it to your skin, but only to your teeth). Patented SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® are free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and other irritating ingredients. SQUIGLE®'s flavor is mild to prevent irritation of delicate tissues, while TOOTH BUILDER® is flavor free. Both SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® have 36% Xylitol--more than any other toothpaste--to prevent plaque and cavities better than regular toothpaste.

Don't use mouthwash.

Floss at least once a day, before you brush. Use unwaxed floss. If your teeth are closely spaced, use Glide® floss.

No chewing gum--especially no cinnamon or spearmint. Don't use candy or breath mints, especially cinnamon or spearmint.

Don't smoke or use tobacco in any form.

Instead of soap, use Aveeno® Balancing Bar for Combination Skin to clean your face twice a day.

Change your washcloth at least every 2 days. Use a separate towel to dry your face and hair, and change it at least once a week.

To shampoo your hair, use a gentle shampoo, free of SLS and other irritants.

Wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Wash your blankets once a month.

Don't use makeup. Keep your hands away from your face. If your face itches, take a short course of antibiotics (as prescribed by your physician).

A short course of topical cortisone or other steroids, sparingly applied, is OK. (Requires a presription.)

Take oral tetracycline for two weeks. Then wait two weeks, and try a short course of clindamycin (topical antibiotic). (Also requires a prescription.)

Take a multivitamin + multimineral daily, after a meal. (Centrum® is OK). In addition, take 500 mg to 1000 mg of buffered vitamin C daily. Get sufficient rest each night.

If your perioral dermatitis persists, and you are not using Tooth Builder exclusively, switch to Tooth Builder because it has no added flavor, in case you are sensitive to flavors.
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