hey twoploarbears, my advice would be not to worry too much over things like brushing your teeth or getting them wet in the shower and other things like that. I've been doing the natural treatment for just over six months. I shower and brush my teeth everyday and I've been progressing just fine. Maybe it does speed up the process to keep them completely dry, but I'd rather keep my hygiene in order. Go about your routine normally and don't apply anything to your lips especially not soap of any kind!