Posted on 8/25/2018 by Dr. Chapko
|Dry lips is an annoying condition that can be caused by a number of problems, from an infection (yeast) to temperature changes (cold weather), allergic reaction, dehydration, side effects of medication, and so on.
However, could dry lips be a sign of outlying oral health issues? One of the most common causes of dry lips is dry mouth – lack of enough saliva in the mouth – which is more serious than just normal dehydration.
Dry mouth can cause a number of dental health problems.
A Build-Up of Germs and BacteriaDry mouth is characterized by a low production of saliva. Since the saliva is useful in washing away food particles stuck in the mouth as well as plaque, low saliva levels cause a build-up of germs and oral bacteria.
Tooth Decay and Bad BreathThe increase in the level of oral bacteria, plus the build-up of food particles in your mouth, cause the production of acids. These acids wear down the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay. During the production of the acids by the oral bacteria, a strong odor is released, which causes you to have bad breath.
Swollen Tongue and GumsSaliva also helps to keep the mouth tissues moist and soft. Dry mouth condition, thus leads to these tissues becoming "dry" and tough, which can easily cause inflammation of the tongue and the gums.
So, How Can You Prevent Dry Lips?
Having a dry mouth and dry lips is not a fun experience. However, it is possible to treat the conditions.
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