Keep Your Lips Healthy This Summer
Taking care of your mouth doesn’t stop at your teeth and gums. Your lips also need some TLC, especially during the summer months!
The summer means more people are outside enjoying the nice weather. The outdoor environment can have an impact on your lips. Our lips have a very thin outer layer and few oil-producing glands, which means they can get dried out easily. The wind and pollution can also contribute to dry lips but nothing is worse than exposure to the sun. Our lips can burn easily, which over time can cause issues like premature aging, but also much worse: skin cancer.
When you apply sun screen, don’t forget your lips. Use a water-resistant lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it throughout the day for maximum benefits.
Drinking water is important for both oral and overall health. When your mouth is dry, it encourages an environment that helps to breed the bacteria that can cause cavities and gum disease. Staying hydrated not only aids in protecting your mouth against tooth decay and gum disease; it also helps keep your skin and lips from drying out.
In between vacations and kids’ activities, don’t forget to keep your dental appointments during the summer. Thorough dental exams can do more than simply check for cavities – they can save your life. Your dentist can be your best ally for early detection of lip cancer and other kinds of oral cancer. The condition of your mouth can change over time, so it’s important to see your dentist regularly so that he or she can observe any changes.
To learn more about the connection between oral health and overall health, visit our Dental Health Center. To find a dentist, please visit www.unitedconcordia.com. To view your information on your dental coverage or print an ID card, login or create an account at My Dental Benefits.