HOW YOU CAN PREVENT MASK MOUTH DISEASE August 7, 2021 – Posted in: Lifestyle – Tags: ,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks have become a staple in our daily lives. Unfortunately, some people have noticed an unfortunate side effect from wearing the protective coverings for long periods of time – mask mouth, which is sour breath caused by wearing a face mask. Much like “maskne” (acne due to mask use), “mask mouth” has become a new oral hygiene issue.


Do you have mask mouth? You know you’ve mask mouth if you’ve the following symptoms:

* Dry mouth

* Bad breath

* Increased risk of tooth decay

* Increased risk of gum disease


Below are some practical and easy ways to prevent mask mouth:

  • Drinking plenty of water throughout the day increases saliva secretion, which naturally cleanses and balances the acidity and alkalinity of the mouth.
  • Wearing clean masks is essential as dirty ones can harbour bacteria and affect oral health.
  • Breathe through your nose, not your mouth, whenever possible.
  • Brushing teeth twice daily, flossing after meals (if not possible, try to rinse your mouth with water after a meal), and regular dental visits can help maintain the health of teeth and gums.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid excess alcohol.
  • Avoid excess caffeine.
  • Steer clear of sugary foods and starchy foods.
  • Try Coconut Oil Pulling, which has been shown to prevent tooth decay and gum disease without harming your oral microbiome.