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 useDentist’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.