Masks are becoming a regular part of our day-to-day lives, but they also come with oral health consequences. Mask mouth is becoming an increasing concern for dentists as mask use becomes more frequent and necessary. Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms of mask mouth and what you can do to prevent them.
What is mask mouth?
This is a term which describes a broad range of symptoms caused by wearing a mask for long periods of time. If you’ve begun to notice fuzzy teeth, dry mouth, and bad breath you might be experiencing mask mouth!
How to maintain oral hygiene during frequent mask use
Dentist’s main concern with mask use is that many patients tend to both drink less water and breathe more frequently from the mouth. In tandem, these habits lessen saliva production causing bad breath and plaque build up. Saliva is an important part of your body’s natural defence against bacteria growth, and it is a necessary part of healthy mouths.
You can ensure your oral health is kept in check by maintaining these daily routines:
- Remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated with and without a mask on. You may find that you need to increase your water intake while wearing a mask for long periods of time.
- Chew sugar-free gum or bring chew intensive snacks for your lunch. Chewing is a great way to stimulate saliva production.
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily, and floss at least once daily.
- Remember to breathe from your nose while wearing a mask, as breathing from the mouth can cause dry mouth, and can also cause you to feel more anxious.
- Wash your reusable 3ply cotton masks after every use with an unscented soap or detergent on a hot or sanitizing wash cycle or use a new disposable mask every time.
Maintaining your oral health is even more important than ever as we navigate the pandemic together. While we wear a mask to keep each other safe, we also need to ensure we are taking care of our oral hygiene at the same time. Good mask habits can prevent mask mouth and keep your smile healthy.
Prevent COVID-19 and mask mouth with good hygiene habits!
You can mitigate the effects of mask mouth by safely visiting our office for your routine cleaning and by maintaining your good oral health habits in between appointments. Be sure to talk to your dentist about good oral health habits that you and your family can practice together. Book your appointment today online. We’re here for you, Saskatoon!