With mask requirements and “strong suggestions” for wearing them almost everywhere in public right now, many people are finding that they are suffering from unwanted side effects. Wearing a mask covers the lower part of the face, and it is putting oral health at risk. While we at Montevallo Family Dentistry want you to remain healthy, we also want to help you maintain a smile healthy during these unprecedented times.
A new condition has been associated with long-term mask-wearing known as “mask mouth.” When the mouth is covered for hours a day, people are finding that they are experiencing some very foul symptoms. Dentists around the United States are reporting that even their healthiest patients who have always exhibited optimal oral health are dealing with issues like tooth decay, severe bad breath, and receding gum tissues.
It is essential to understand what is causing these issues, how your mask-wearing contributes to the problems, and what you can do to protect your oral health.
“Mask mouth” is being linked to:
If you must wear a mask, please ensure that you are taking the necessary steps to protect your oral health throughout the day. Step outside frequently to remove your mask, drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum, and ask your dentist how you can better protect yourself from “mask mouth".
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