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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips
July 13th, 2015 by Dr. Watson

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Jackson, 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 Jackson Center for Smiles we are very much attuned the oral health needs of Jackson, so here are a few tips from Dr. Watson 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 Jackson 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 Dr. Watson for healing your cracked lips:

Call Jackson Center for Smiles 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