Protect Your Skin and Lips

Author: Dr. Alison Vitelli, DMD, FAGD

Woman Smiling with Clear Braces onApril is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Also, time for better weather coming up and families getting ready to enjoy the wonderful outdoors. With spending more time outside we need to make sure we’re paying attention to taking care of our skin and lips. Prolonged exposure to sun rays can be a major source of radiation. This radiation compromises the natural defense mechanism of our bodies to keep us healthy. Constant exposure to the UV rays can make it hard for the body to keep accurate and correct cell replication. So, when outside always stay hydrated and protect your skin and lips. Wearing hats and sunscreen, as well as sunscreen lip balm, are good ways to stay protected. Some aggressive cancerous lesions start around the border of the lips and the tip of the nose. An example of a lesion caused by sun exposure would be blurring of the lip line or a persistent “scab” looking area mainly on nose and forehead. This is why at Spring Lake Dental Group, we perform an oral and extra-oral cancer screening where we check for any lesions that are not normal anatomy of the area, as well as changes in the normal appearance of the tissue of the head and neck. Always ask your dentist to check any areas you might be concerned about, that’s what we are here for!