California is known for summer heat as well as drought conditions. Although we lack the technology to forecast how long a drought will last, California droughts often last for three to five years. Experts say that 2021 represents a second year of drought, which means we can expect dry conditions and high temperatures during this coming summer.
Your teeth and gums reside in a moist environment despite the dry heat we speak of so often in the Sacramento Valley. That’s because your lips seal off the mouth from the outside world. They prevent embarrassment by keeping food in your mouth as you eat it. Lips help articulate sounds and words. And it’s difficult to make a great smile without a pair of healthy lips.
Despite their many functions, lips are a very delicate part of your body. They have many nerve endings that make them sensitive to touch, warmth and cold. Their outer covering is very thin, making your lips susceptible to summer heat, ultraviolet light and dry conditions. It also means that any damage to them easily results in pain and discomfort.
For the sake of your teeth and gums, as well as your overall physical comfort and well-being, it’s important to take care of your lips. Here are some things you can do to make sure your lips stay in great condition.
Hydrate — especially in hot summer months, drinking plenty of fluids is vital. It helps your body in many ways, but proper hydration also keeps your lips looking full and helps them counteract dry weather conditions.
Exfoliate — getting rid of old skin cells promotes their replacement and keeps your lips healthy. Exfoliation is a natural process, but since your lips have such a thin layer of protective skin, it’s a good idea to help the process along. One way to do this is when you are brushing your teeth before bed. You can use your soft bristles to gently brush your lips, thereby removing loose skin cells.
Remove Makeup — sleeping with makeup on isn’t good for your pillows or sheets. Nor is it good for your lips or skin. Don’t forget to wipe off any makeup you wore during the day. A non-medicated lip balm can be beneficial to help your lips replenish during the night.
Humidify — If your lips tend to crack despite the above steps, try using a humidifier while you sleep.
These are only a few ideas. There are plenty of other recommendations on how to keep your lips looking their best, but pay close attention to the source and whether or not their advice is likely to be trustworthy. The Placerville Dental Group is happy to help you keep your lips safe and healthy through the upcoming heat. After all, the best way to show off your great looking teeth is with a great set of smiling lips!