Dry, Chapped and Cracked Lips

MANY OF US find ourselves with chapped lips in extreme weather. For others, this can remain a problem at any time of year, causing prolonged discomfort. If you would like to find out how to prevent dry, chapped and cracked kissers, keep reading!

 

Common Signs To Watch Out For

To start, it’s a good idea to recognize some signs of chapping or dryness. (You may be showing a number of them, too!)

  • Bleeding from the corners of the mouth
  • A painful smile
  • Signs of cracking or peeling
  • Sensitivity
  • Frequent licking
  • Open sores

Luckily, there are habits you can adopt to try and reduce these symptoms!

A dental patient shows signs of cracked, dry lips

 

 

How To Help Your Mouth Live Its Best Life

  • Stay hydrated: make sure you are drinking enough water to keep hydrated – drink until your urine (yes, TMI) is the colour of a light champagne
  • Avoid alcohol: alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, making it harder for your body to absorb water
  • Don’t lick your lips: saliva dries them out – moisture is removed as the saliva evaporates
  • Be wary of cosmetic products: such as flavoured balms, stick balms or ointments that contain petrolatum (to lock in moisture) and dimethicone (to seal cracks)
  • Eat well: a lack of vitamins, such as Vitamin A, B, C, B2 and E, can cause cracks to form
  • Don’t bite: while it may be tempting, biting on peeling lips can cause further damage

If your problems persist, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor.

Our team can provide you with more suggestions on maintaining healthy lips during routine check-ups and cleanings, so don’t be afraid to ask for help!

 

References

Knvul Sheikh. “Can Lip Balm Make Your Chapped Lips Worse?” Livescience.com, Live Science, 22 Nov. 2018, Livescience.com.

Eske, Jamie. “How to Get Rid of Chapped Lips: 6 Ways.” Medicalnewstoday.com, Medical News Today, 24 Jan. 2019, Medicalnewstoday.com.

“Chapped Lips – an Overview | ScienceDirect Topics.” Sciencedirect.com, Science Direct, Sciencedirect.com.

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