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PEELING LIPS?

The feeling of dry skin is bad, but dry, chapped lips are even worse. Find out what is causing peeling lips and how to treat the condition.
  1. Sun damage
  2. Wind exposure
  3. Cold weather
  4. Vitamin A, B, C deficiency
  5. Dry lips
  6. Frequent licking of lips
  7. Allergy to lip products 
  8. Anemia (hypochromic microcytic, iron deficiency)
  9. Dehydration
  10. Sjogren’s syndrome
  11. Diabetes
  1. DRINK WATER. Drink plenty of water. 
  2. USE LIP-BALM. Use lip balm that is wax-based and preferably contain any kind of butter (coconut, cocoa, …). They provide a protective covering to the lips from the harsh environment and the weather. 
  3. GOOD LIPSTICK. Don’t buy hyperallergenic lip cosmetics. 
  4. USE SUNSCREEN. Apply sunscreen cream or balm to your lip area. A lot of makeup, including the one for lips, contain sun protecting factor, so choose the one with an SPF of 45 or higher. 
  5. STOP BAD HABITS. Smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking alcohol, working with chemicals or fumes, etc., may irritate your lips and lead to peeling or cracking. Wear a face mask when you’re around strong smells or emissions. 
  6. GENTLE FACE CLEANING. Don’t wash your face with strong or harsh soap. Treat your lips gently to help care for this delicate skin.

 

AM I AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING GUM-RELATED PROBLEMS?

Complete self-exam and find out!

Thank you for completing self-exam. Congratulations!

You may be at low-risk for gum-related problems. Keep up the good work!

Thank you for completing self-exam. Be careful!

You may be at higher risk for gum-related problems. Speak to your dentist about a potential condition and its consequences.

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?

Yes No

Have you been told by a dental professional that you have bone loss around your teeth?

Yes No

Have any teeth become loose (not due to a tooth trauma)?

Yes No

Have you had 7 or more permanent teeth extracted because of decay, looseness, or pain? (not counting wisdom or impacted teeth, or teeth knocked out by an accident or removed for orthodontics)

Yes No

Have you had or are you currently scheduled for a deep cleaning (scaling & root planing)?

Yes No

Have you had or are you currently scheduled for gum surgery (periodontal surgery)?

Yes No

The frequency that I use dental floss or another device to clean between my teeth is:

Never Daily Occasionally

The number of periodontal maintenance appointment(s) I have had in the last 24 months is: (exclude normal teeth cleaning appointments)

None/Don’t know 1-2 3-4 >5

What is your diabetic status?

Not Diabetic Diabetic, well controlled Diabetic, not controlled Diabetic, unknown control

Do you smoke cigarettes?

Never Former User < 1 pack per day 1 pack per day or more

HEALTHY TEETH

HOW HEALTHY ARE MY TEETH?

Complete self-exam and find out!

Your Self Exam is now complete. Congratulations!

You are at low-risk for tooth-related problems. Keep up the good work and do a regular dental check-ups.

Your Self Exam is now complete. Be careful!

You may be at higher risk for tooth-related problems. A dentist is an excellent choice to validate your teeth. Together you will achieve better dental health easier and more quickly.

How old are you?

< 18 years 19-30 31-60 > 60

Have you had any new fillings or crowns in the last 2 years?

Yes No

Are any of your teeth filled or crowned?

Yes No

Have you had any permanent teeth extracted? (except wisdom teeth or teeth removed for orthodontic reasons)

Yes No

Do you have any false teeth?

Yes No

Do you frequently snack on sugary or starchy snacks or drink sugared beverages between meals?

Yes No

Do you have any missing teeth that should be replaced?

Yes No

Have you had any pain from chewing, aching, or sensitivity to hot or cold in your mouth during the past year?

Yes No

Have you had a major health change (like diabetes, a heart attack, stroke, diagnosis of disease such as cancer, Parkinson’s, etc.) during the past 12 months?

Yes No

Does your mouth frequently feel dry?

Yes No

Do you drink fluoridated water, brush your teeth daily with a fluoride toothpaste, or use a nonprescription or prescription fluoride product (mouth rinse, gels…) on a daily basis?

Yes No

Do you have at least 1 dental check-up per year?

Yes No

Do you have developmental or special health care needs that prevent you from brushing or flossing properly?

Yes No

ORAL CANCER AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

AM I AT RISK FOR ORAL CANCER?

Do a quick self-exam and check out!

Your Self Exam is now complete. Congratulations!

You are at low risk to develop oral cancer. Maintain healthy lifestyle and read more about this condition.

Your Self Exam is now complete. Be careful!

You are at greater risk to develop oral cancer. Reconsider your lifestyle and read more about this condition and how to prevent it.

Have you ever had oral cancer?

Yes No

Do you smoke cigarettes?

Never Former User < 1 pack per day 1 pack or more per day

Do you use chewing or smokeless tobacco?

Never Former User/Rarely Current User

Do you smoke cigars or pipes?

Never Former User/Rarely Current User

How many alcoholic drinks do you typically have in one week?

0 1 – 7 8 – 14 > 14

DRY MOUTH

DO YOU HAVE DRY MOUTH? FIND OUT HERE…

Answer a few quick questions to find out if you are at risk for dry mouth and learn more about this condition.

Thank you for completing self-exam. Be careful!

You may be at risk for dry mouth. Speak to your dentist about a potential condition and its consequences.

Thank you for completing self-exam. Congratulations!

Dry mouth doesn’t seem to be a problem for you. If you notice any change in your symptoms, talk to your dentist and learn more about proper oral care.

Do you take two or more medications daily?

YES NO

Does your mouth usually feel dry?

YES NO

Do you regularly eat or drink to keep your mouth moist?

YES NO

Do you get thirsty at night and get out of bed to drink?

YES NO

Does your mouth usually become drier when you speak?

YES NO