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Chapped Lips
Instructions for Patients
©2011 SQUIGLE, Inc.  

These instructions are provided as a guide to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician or dentist. They have been created after hundreds of hours of discussions with patients and physicians. They are not meant to be rigid and unchanging. Of course, we hope they work for you. But if they don't, please contact SQUIGLE, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-718-0718 (9 am to 5 pm, EST).

This is crucial in preventing chapped lips: Use either SQUIGLE® Toothpaste or TOOTH BUILDER® Toothpaste exclusively. Patented SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® are free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and other irritating ingredients, such as cocamidopropyl betaine, tartar control agents and bleaches. SQUIGLE®'s flavor is mild to prevent irritation of delicate tissues, while TOOTH BUILDER® is flavor free. Both SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® have 36% Xylitol to prevent plaque and cavities better than regular toothpaste.

Chapped lips (also called cheilitis, angular cheilitis, exfoliative cheilitis, cheilosis) occur mostly in the winter, when the humidity is low. In response to the belief that dry lips result in chapping, manufacturers have created various kinds of lip creams and waxes. But there is something more basic that leads to chapped lips; namely, the use of irritating toothpastes and mouthwashes, which can lead to sloughing of lip skin in those who are susceptible. If you are susceptible to chapped lips, consider the following steps to keep your lips smooth:

  • Use SQUIGLE® or TOOTH BUILDER® Toothpaste as an alternative to more common brands.
  • Avoid spicy foods containing chili and pepper and strongly acidic foods.
  • Use a high-quality moisturizer on your lips throughout the day and night -- in particular, when you are in low-humidity conditions, both indoors and out.