“Mask Mouth” and What Can I Do for It?
March 3, 2021
Dentists are observing a new phenomenon during this pandemic that has been termed “mask mouth”. While wearing a mask, many of us are breathing through our mouth as opposed to our nose, leading to less saliva and a drier mouth. Since saliva is the mouth’s natural cleanser, the result is an increase in bad bacteria that can lead to gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.
Since it is essential to wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19, there are some recommended tips to help avoid “mask mouth”:
- Try to consciously breathe through your nose as much as possible
- Increase hydration with water throughout the day to help add moisture to the mouth
- Refrain from sugary drinks and alcohol
- Consider using a humidifier while sleeping
- Maintain good oral home care, including brushing, flossing, and the use of an alcohol-free antibacterial mouth rinse.
Maintaining your regular dental visits is more important than ever, as they can catch problems before they become a bigger issue. Be sure to contact your dental care provider should you have any concerns.