Wearing a mask can prompt some new, unwanted things. We have noticed an increase in cavities within patients who wear masks more often. Although we definitely stress the importance of wearing a mask at this time, so in order to combat this we have put together some tips to prevent cavities when you wear a mask.
How To Avoid Getting Mask Mouth
- You can start by sealing your lips and breathing from your nose. Breathing from your mouth can decrease the production and secretion of saliva, which gives your teeth an important barrier from bacteria.
- Chew gum more often to promote saliva. Saliva can coat and protect your teeth and all the tissue that is inside your mouth. Without a large amount of saliva, we see rampant decay and gum disease occur.
- Make an effort to drink a good amount of water. Wearing a mask can result in an increase in dehydration, which leads to dry mouth. This is not only bad for your teeth, but for your overall health as well.
- After eating, floss and brush your teeth. This will help eliminate any excess bacteria that may have grown while your mask was on otherwise.
- The most important step is to visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to properly clean your teeth and remove any plaque build-up during regular routine cleanings and exams.