Your Gums and Lips Need Protection When Outside Too
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Dr. Call
While we cover our face in cold weather or shield our skin from the harmful effects of the sun in the summer, we also have to take measures to protect our lips and gums. The following information reveals ways to keep your gums and lips pliant and healthy, even when the weather, humidity, or temperatures produce a drying effect.
Why You Need to Protect Your Lips
While we often neglect protecting our lips from the cold, they need to be safeguarded. The lips are delicate and therefore can chap when it is hot or cold. To protect the lips, regularly apply a lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. You can buy clear lip balms or lip balms that add a hint of color. Lips that don't receive this type of protection often chap and crack, which leads to problems with dental care. If the corners of your mouth become too sore or your lips are cracked, you may neglect to brush.
Addressing Tooth Pain or Sensitivity
While your teeth can feel pain or sensitivity in the summer or the winter, they really can feel uncomfortable if you have to fight a cold and blustery wind. If you experience pain when the cold air hits, you need to schedule a dental visit with us. Address any problems you are having with gum recession, enamel erosion, or similar concerns. Tooth-friendly foods, such as strawberries, carrots, and cucumbers, clean the teeth and reduce sensitivity.
As you can see, dental care does not stop with the teeth. You also have to ensure that your gums and lips are protected from climate extremes, dry air, UV rays, or cold winds. For example, if you are planning to go skiing, make sure you protect your mouth. Apply a lip balm with a sunscreen and wrap a soft scarf around the mouth. Drink extra water and humidify your home.
Contact us today at (971) 708-1608 to schedule a dental appointment. Take care of your teeth, lips, and gums, and make it easy to smile.
Century Dental Dr. Jefferson Call, DMD & Dr. Dix Densley, DDS