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Da Balm! 4 DIY Recipes To Take Away The Chap In Your Lip

Da Balm! 4 DIY Recipes To Take Away The Chap In Your Lip

Do you suffer from dry, chapped lips? You’re not alone! So do millions of people.

For many, nothing is more soothing than a good lip balm to relieve the discomfort. Sure, you can buy a tube in any drug store, but DIY lip balms are inexpensive, fun to concoct, and they make a great little gift on a tight budget (hopefully the recipient wasn’t expecting a BMW).

We scoured the web for the most enticing homemade lip balm recipes, and we found some great ones! But first, let’s check in with the folks at Brain Stuff to learn what causes chapped lips in the first place – the answer may surprise you!

But I’m in a hurry, man.

Looking for a recipe that hits the spot, but doesn’t take a lot of time? Let’s hear it out with Brooke from WhatsUpMoms for a 5-minute formula.

And now for something completely different…

Looking for a look that’ll make your look look more “out there”? (That’s a lot of looks!) Check in with Sara from SaraBeautyCorner. She may have the answer – lip balms made from candy and crayon wax. (Say what?!)

How’s coconut-orange sound?

If you’re like us, sometimes you just get that urge for coconut orange lip balm. Here’s Sister Rosa with a simple way to prepare a flavorful balm you’ll love.

And then, there was shea butter and almond oil … ahhh …

Looking for the perfect luxuriously soft and soothing lip balm formula? Join yoga teacher and wellness coach, Jennifer Partridge (she’s from Australia, mate), as she shows you how easy it is to make.

Now go do lip balm!

Good luck! May you find happiness, healthy-ness, and may your lips always be the moist-est.

Eating Disorders and Oral Health: The Unfortunate Connection

Eating Disorders and Oral Health: The Unfortunate Connection

In the United States alone, at least 30 million individuals(1) suffer from eating disorders.

Most people know that eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia can seriously impact the general physical and mental health of their victims – but that’s not all…

Because of the way eating disorders can deprive the body of nutrients, and erode the surface of the teeth, they are strongly implicated in oral health as well.

Let’s take a look at the damage eating disorders can cause to teeth and gums…

Anorexia: Decreased Nutrient Intake Weakens Teeth

Anorexia Weakens Teeth

With anorexia nervosa, sufferers restrict their daily calories to the point where they are not receiving enough nutrients, thus affecting oral health.

For teeth to remain healthy, an individual needs foods with sufficient iron, Vitamin B, and calcium. Without these vital nutrients, teeth can decay while the risk of gum disease increases (2).

Iron deficiency can lead to open sores in the mouth, while B3 deficiency can lead to canker sores (3). Without adequate calcium and Vitamin D, you are liable to suffer tooth decay. Often, gingivitis, or swelling of the gums, develops (4).

In addition, anorexia patients often suffer from dehydration, which can cause dry and painful mouth tissue and lips.

Bulimia Nervosa: Acid from Purging Damages Teeth

Patients with the purging type of bulimia nervosa will eat food and then “purge” it, often through vomiting. According to studies, the “most extensive” oral health issues are associated with the effects of bulimia (5).

With the frequent vomiting, teeth come into frequent contact with stomach acid. This can break down the enamel quickly, and lead to teeth that are brittle and translucent.

Vomiting is traumatic not only for teeth, but for the inside of the patient’s mouth, which can become red, cracked and cut with the constant exposure to acid.

Occasionally, patients who purge will over-brush their teeth to compensate, which can also cause damage to enamel (6).

Bulimia has been associated with degenerative arthritis in the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) of the jaw, which can cause extreme pain and discomfort, in addition to chronic headaches.

Chewing and Spitting Disorder: Damaging Digestive Acids

Though not as well known as anorexia and bulimia, Chewing and Spitting Disorder can be quite harmful to oral health as well. In CHSP, patients will chew food and then spit it out without swallowing it. They will not receive nutrition from the food, and a few processes will result in heightened tooth decay.

First of all, CHSP sufferers will often chew food that is high in sugar, which accelerates tooth decay in general.

Secondly, when people chew, the brain send signals to the digestive system to prepare acids for digestion. When the food is spit out ,instead of swallowed, the acid can lead to ulcers in the stomach and mouth. CHSP is linked to tooth decay, cavities, and swollen glands (7).

How to Protect Teeth and Reverse Damage

Rinse With Water
More than anything, it’s important for those suffering from eating disorders to seek help from trained mental health professionals who can help them recover. During recovery, experts recommend the following (8):
  • Rinse mouth with water after every purging episode to decrease the danger of enamel-decay from acid.
  • Use a re-mineralizing agent like sodium fluoride gel (9) to help build the enamel back up on the teeth.
  • Wait an hour after purging to brush teeth, as brushing teeth immediately might actually scrub the acids deeper into the enamel.
  • See a dental health professional frequently while in recovery to check up on teeth. Dentists may also be able to apply topical fluoride (10) treatment to halt further decay.

Though eating disorders can wreak havoc on oral health, there is hope for sufferers. The first step is seeking mental health guidance to treat the eating disorder.

With both a mental health and a compassionate dental team, those afflicted with eating disorders can regain their physical, mental, and oral health.

Sources:

  1. anad.org/education-and-awareness/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/
  2. eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/periodontal-impact-anorexia-nervosa-bulimia
  3. eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/eating-disorders-damaging-teeth
  4. ationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders
  5. jdh.adha.org/content/88/3/156
  6. eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/periodontal-impact-anorexia-nervosa-bulimia
  7. eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/eating-disorders-damaging-teeth
  8. ationaleatingdisorders.org/dental-complications-eating-disorders
  9. atingdisorderhope.com/blog/periodontal-impact-anorexia-nervosa-bulimia
  10. eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/periodontal-impact-anorexia-nervosa-bulimia
Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Bleeding Gums? Relax! It May Not Be Gum Disease!

Spotting blood on your toothbrush or floss is enough to startle anyone, but there’s no need to panic. Though bleeding gums can be a symptom of gingivitis or gum disease, there are several other possible causes which are far less worrying.

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About Dr. Kelly

Chicago dentist, John J. Kelly, DDS, practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry at his Chicago dental office in Edgebrook. He delivers a wide range of dental therapeutics, in addition to the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing including Sleep Apnea, Child Facial Development issues and TMJ/Jaw Pain.

Dr. Kelly is on faculty of NYU School of Dentistry’s Dental Sleep Medicine program, and earned his Doctorate at the University of Illinois. He is credited with over 1,000 hours of continuing education, including extensive coursework at the internationally recognized Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.

To make an appointment with this Chicago dentist, please call Dr. Kelly’s office at 773-631-6844 or click here.

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