How to prevent “mask mouth”
The year 2020 was a whirlwind with a global pandemic dramatically changing our lives. As we are well into 2021, a lot of things are still the same, including the recommendation for wearing masks. However, many patients come to our practice complaining about dealing with “mask mouth.” Mask mouth is a term that is used to describe the effects of wearing masks for extended periods of time. The most common complaints include those of dry mouth and bad breath. What happens is breathing through the nose becomes more difficult, so patients breathe through their mouth instead, causing dry mouth that can lead to dental problems. In addition to dry mouth, the cumulation of food particles stuck between teeth, poor oral hygiene habits, and irregular visits to the dentist for cleanings and evaluations can also cause oral conditions and aggravate “mask mouth.”
How can I avoid mask mouth and improve comfort when wearing masks?
There are many recommendations that the team at Gonzalez Dental Care may suggest to patients who are faced with wearing masks on a regular basis, especially those who wear them forty hours a week for work.
- Stimulate salivary flow by chewing sugarless gum
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Limit snacking between main meals
- Breathe through your nose as much as possible, not your mouth
- Visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and evaluations
- Follow your usual daily hygiene routine of brushing and flossing as recommended by your dentist
If you have specific concerns about mask mouth or are finding that there are apparent changes to your oral health due to wearing masks regularly, it is important that you speak with either your dentist or your primary care physician to discuss these problems as they arise.
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Whether you have questions about mask mouth or overall dental hygiene, we can help. At Gonzalez Dental Care in Pembroke Pines, Florida, we work routinely with patients who have questions about their oral health and wellness. Dr. Gonzalez and her associates can be reached at (954) 432-4800 for an appointment at 9818 Pines Boulevard.