Learn 8 Interesting facts about lips

10 / 05 / 2017


blog inner thumb

Why are lips so important and what makes them unique ?

Our lips grow thinner as you grow old. This happens with ageing, the collagen production of body decreases which is a vital protein and one of its functions is to give shape to the lips. Reduced production of collagen implies that lips start losing their plumpness.

  1. Using our lips to suck is one of the very first skills we have after we’re born, it’s the sucking reflex combined with another primitive response, the rooting reflex, that allows infants to breastfeed.
  2. Lips are unique like fingerprints, you will never find to individuals with identical lip impressions.
  3. When it comes to attracting the opposite sex, big lips are better, the BBC reported. That is, at least where a woman’s lips are concerned. But women seem to prefer men with medium-sized lips, a University of Louisville psychologist told the BBC in 2003.
  4. Lips are one of the most sensitive organs in human body, with more than a million nerve endings but do not have any kind of defensive membrane for protection.
  5. Our lips appear red-pink because we can actually see the blood capillaries that lie under the mucus membrane which is slightly transparent, with only 3 to 6 layers of cells compared to 16 layers found in other parts of the skin.
  6. Lips lack natural protective oil, with no sweat glands or oil leaves lips vulnerable and highly exposed to cold, wind and sun.
  7. Lip cancer is more prevalent in men than in women as men usually don’t use lip balms or lipsticks which often protect lips from harmful UV rays.
Back to Blog


What do they say about Larkham House?

“Warm welcome, friendly professional team, I am nervous of the dentist but was made to feel at ease immediately. Thank you”

Diana B

“Lovely practice, never run late, and never rushed by dentist, feel like the check-up is thorough and honest”- Lyndsay. W”

Lyndsay W

“My family’s teeth are in safe hands! Would recommend this practice to anyone”

Joanna C

“Excellent service, they really care about you as a person and your family wellbeing”

Abigail S

“Dentist Dr Vivek Giddani makes you feel at ease- had confidence in his ability to make the procedure as pleasant as possible and did not have any adverse outcomes”

Implant Patient

“I had a tooth taken out and an implant done to replace the gap. I would 100% say to go for it, the whole experience, start to finish has been amazing, and all the...”

Implant Patient

“Just wanted to say how impressed I was with the manner of the dentist I saw this morning with our kids. She explained everything she was doing and showed the kids the tools, the...”

Happy Patient

  • 49 Larkham Lane
  • Plymouth
  • PL7 4PH
Google Rating
Google Rating
Google Rating