Almost everyone has ever experienced dry and cracked lips. In addition to disturbing appearance, this condition also makes the lips hurt, uncomfortable, maybe even bleeding. This problem was discused in the Talk Show at the Grand City Convention Center on 11 October 2018. Raising the theme “Chaped lips: it is dangerous?”, The Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Medicine Specialist Program invites the people of Surabaya and surrounding areas to be more concerned about this problem.
Hening Tuti Hendarti, drg., M.S., Sp.PM (K), as a speaker, said that most people thought that dry and cracked lips only appeared during the summer or dry season, even though this condition could also be experienced at any time.
The talk show held in a series of Jatim Fair events also introduced the competence of Oral Medicine specialist. It was further explained that a specialist of oral medicine able to diagnose and treat the symptom in the oral cavity soft tissue, so that it was expected to educate the talk show participants about dry and cracked lips.
There are three disorders that often occur on the lips, including actinic cheilitis, exfoliative cheilitis, and angular cheilitis. Each of these diseases are discussed in detail including causes, clinical conditions and therapy. Not to forget the speaker also shared tips and opened a question and answer session which was welcomed by the audience. Hening gave tips to avoid dry and cracked lips that is to always wear a mask when outdoors to avoid direct sun exposure and also to eliminate the habit of licking the lips. If you experience dry and cracked lips, you should immediately consult a Oral medicine specialist who is more competent in diagnosing and providing treatment.