Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Apply sunscreen to your lips
We’ve heard it a million times over, but one more time is nevertheless warranted. The eyelids and lips are easily neglected spots. They are also delicate.
Not applying sunscreen to the lips can lead to a sunburn, actinic cheilitis (think dry, wrinkly lips) and even lip cancer. Your lips do not produce as much melanin as the rest of your body, so it is vital to help block out harmful sunrays.
Apply at least SPF 15. Also, wear your sunglasses.
A zinc-based, physical sunscreen in better than a chemical sunscreen that absorbs into the skin. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E and C which can help fight free radicals and keep the lips looking smooth and young. Remember to re-apply physical sunscreen throughout the day.
Ingredients like beeswax and grapeseed oil are great as well.
Avoid fragrances, parabens, alcohols, mineral oil, petroleum, and artificial flavoring. Companies that vouch to eliminate heavy metals such as lead as the best options as well.
*Google: FDA finds 400 lipsticks with lead*
Here is a list of the top 10 offenders: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/lead-in-lipsticks-which-brands-are-the-worst-offenders/2012/02/14/gIQAfNkiDR_blog.html?tid=a_inl_manual
Don’t put a toothpick, sewing needle or hairpin between your teeth
All three of these habits can lead to abrasion of the tooth. Divots are created in the structure and are prone to decay. The wear down can be aesthetically unpleasing as well.
This can also damage the gums and lead to unintentional major injuries if the object is ingested, inhaled or punctured into soft tissue.
They can create spaces between teeth, damage your delicate root structure and ruin veneer, crown or restorative anatomy and aesthetics.
If you use a toothpick to remove food, trade it out for a proxybrush instead. This is a soft flosser that will remove debris without harming the enamel.
Don’t floss too hard
Flossing too hard can lead to premature weakening of enamel. Follow the natural contours of your tooth and remember to clean on both sides – this includes the tooth furthest back in the mouth. No more see-saw motions or jamming floss into the gum line.
Its best to rub the floss between your teeth, gently move it lower. Wrap the floss around you tooth in a “J” shape. It should not be painful and maintain equal pressure as you move from the top to the bottom of the tooth.
Its particularly easy to apply excessive pressure on the surfaces facing the back of our mouth, so be mindful of the pressure utilized. Take your time with this. Be present
Cute doggo getting a tooth brush.
Yes, the pupper needs great oral hygiene too.
Don’t sip on soft drinks
Constant sipping on sodas makes your mouth a bacterial breeding ground.
The sugar provides food for the bacteria. It is converted to acid and facilities the demineralization of the tooth structure.
The acidic environment in turn creates a hospitable environment for bacterial proliferation. Stymie the bacteria by opting for water instead.
Sodas themselves contain acids like citric acid (which dissolved minerals and chelates calcium) and phosphoric acid (dissolves minerals). The two fold attack on your teeth, coupled with constant sipping generates devastating and rapid oral health deterioration.
Diet sodas can be utilized to curtail the habit. Switch brands to reduce your affinity for a particular soda. Chug some water after having any acidic foods or drinks. If you are drinking a regular soda, use a reusable straw. Also, wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth after ingesting an acidic food or beverage.