Keeping Lips Healthy to Avoid Oral Cancer

Lip ladyHas spring reached your town, or does it still feel like winter? There’s no doubt about it, cold weather can do a number on your lips. Perhaps you don’t think of your pout as a part of your oral health. However, at your biannual dental checkups with Farmington Hills dentist, Dr.Aziza Askari, every part of your mouth is examined for suspicious spots and lesions, including your lips. Unusual spots on your lips are possible red flags for oral cancer. However, lips often take a beating in extreme weather, so you should make sure you care for them to avoid confusion.

Healthy Hydration for Lips

Have you ever had to deal with terribly chapped lips? This is especially true when temperatures drop to their lowest or rise to their highest points. Extreme weather is surprisingly dehydrating. In cold months, beverages of choice tend towards warm options such as coffee, tea, and cocoa. It might seem a no brainer to reach for water when temperatures are sweltering, but you need to keep hydrated in the winter as well. If you keep thirst quenched regardless of the season, cracked, chapped, and split lips are less likely. You should also avoid licking your lips when they are chapped, as you only make the dryness and cracking worse. Good remedies to soothe a chapped pucker include petroleum jelly, vitamin E, shea butter, aloe vera, and cucumber slices.

Avoiding Oral Cancer

If you want to avoid one of the most difficult-to-diagnose malignancies, keep up with your biannual dental checkups. Dr. Askari will keep tabs on any signs of oral cancer when you visit every six months for a cleaning and exam. When detected early, oral cancer has a very high survival rate of 80% to 90%. Unfortunately, many people neglect their dental appointments. Undiagnosed oral cancer is extremely challenging to overcome once it reaches later stages. Keeping your lips healthy gives you a great reference point for noticing red flags when they occur.

Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist

Dr. Askari recommends a thorough dental checkup every six months to determine the presence of abnormalities on your lips and in your mouth which may indicate higher risks of disease. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Askari, call Comfort Dental Spa in Farmington, Michigan at (248) 474-6434. We serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Novi, Farmington Hills, Dearborn, and the surrounding Detroit communities.