Moisturize your lips with suitable moisturizing lipcare products (e.g Lip-ice/balm/Vaseline). Lips become chapped when dehydrated, so keep them moisturized. Don’t use lip products that dry your lips. Licking your lips too much also makes them dry; so, don’t do it! If you are prone to cold sores, make sure you have cream, which prevents cold sores with you always. Apply it when you feel the slightest tingle. (Acyclovir creams, Zovirax cream). Avoid certain foods which may irritate your lips. Foods containing an amino acid called, arginine, triggers cold sores in some people.
2. Gums and Teeth
Don’t eat acidic food or drinks such as fizzy drinks or citrus fruit juice between meals, as these also encourage tooth decay and erosion.
*Use fluoride toothpaste to protect against decay.
*Use a toothbrush with a small head and synthetic bristles.
*Replace your toothbrush every month.
*Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
*Don’t smoke. Smoking stains the teeth and increases the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.
Lastly, visit your dentist regularly. At check-ups, they will be able to detect any problems early, and provide advice and treatment.