HOW YOU CAN PREVENT MASK MOUTH DISEASE August 7, 2021 – Posted in: Lifestyle – Tags: covid-19, mask mouth
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.