Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Fuquay, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year and it’s not uncommon to see lips that suffer from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Fuquay Family Dentistry we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Fuquay, so here are a few tips from Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave!

Do You Have Chapped or Cracked Lips?

If you have dry lips that are chapped, peeling, and/or cracked, you probably already know about it. However, here are some telltale signs:

  1. Sensitive or painful lips
  2. Smiling hurts
  3. You lick your lips often
  4. Your lips show clear signs of peeling or cracking
  5. You bleed from the corners of your mouth
  6. You have open sores or marks on your lips

How to Get Rid of Cracked Lips

Dry, chapped, and cracked lips can be caused environmental factors, such as climate change, sun damage, and wind exposure. Cracked lips can also be the result of skin disorders, side effects, and allergic reactions. Serious conditions such as Sjorgen’s Syndrome, diabetes, STI’s may also cause chronic dry lip problems.

If you are a Fuquay resident that is unaffected by the any of that stuff but still have chapped lips, it may due to dehydration, regular contact with lips from smoking, chewing, etc., spicy food, or poorly-fitted dental appliances.

Here are some tips from Dr. McCormick & Dr. Meunier for healing your cracked lips:

  • Stay hydrated! Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day and be aware of anything else you drink that will dehydrate you, such as alcohol
  • Use ointments often, especially before you go to bed. Avoid balms with eucalyptus and menthol
  • Don’t lick your lips. As saliva evaporates on your lips, it actually removes moisture from them. Licking your lips makes often will dry out your lips even more.
  • Don’t overuse commercial skin treatments such as heavily flavored lip balms and cosmetic makeup.
  • Eat right! Diets lacking in Vitamins A, B, C, B2, and E can contribute to cracked lips
  • Visit Dr. McCormick twice per year for your routine checkups and cleanings. If you are having issues with cracked lips, we can help you during your visits and make sure that you go home knowing how to keep your lips moist and healthy.

Call Fuquay Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today!

Sources

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/lips-smile/why-your-lips-are-chapped

http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Painful-Cracked-Lips

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School and a recipient of the Monte G. Miska Prosthodontics Award, Dr. Bryden McCormick has been serving the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for many years. With a dedication to improving his patients’ overall health, and a passion for working with his hands, Dr. McCormick’s goal is to surpass his patients’ expectations at every turn.

Dr. McCormick’s continuing commitment to education has led him to receive fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has completed numerous courses on dental implants, Six Month Smiles®, cosmetic dentistry, and digital dentistry from world-renowned institutions, such as the Scottsdale Center and the Triangle Dental Institute.

In the community, Dr. McCormick has volunteered his professional services with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, Giving Smiles Events at Raleigh Dental Arts, and the NC Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Ministry. He also sponsored a Free Dental Day at Fuquay Family Dentistry and served over 100 patients in need within our community. Personally, Dr. McCormick sponsors local community and school events, such as FVAA teams, Friends of the Chorus, Band Booster, Theater Patron at the Fuquay-Varina High School, Theatre Patrons, Friends of the Museums, and local travel baseball and softball teams.

Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. McCormick currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Kristen, who teaches at Wake Tech. They have three children and a Newfoundland fur ball named Otis. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys smoking ribs, cooking, working in his yard, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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