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Got Mask Breath? Here’s How to Prevent It!

November 23, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dayhilldental @ 8:11 pm
Woman smiling with mask

We’re all adjusting to a “new normal” living with COVID-19. One of the most significant changes is wearing a mask.  It is always a good idea to switch out your mask (or wash your fabric one) to ensure that you’re always using a clean one.  You may have noticed an odor while you are wearing your mask. Surprise! This may not be the mask itself; it may be your breath. Read on to learn how to prevent bad breath for a more enjoyable mask wearing experience.

But First, What Causes Bad Breath?

Halitosis, which is the technical term for bad breath, can be caused by lack of saliva production. During the day, you are eating, drinking, and generally keeping your mouth moist. However, when you sleep, your mouth isn’t producing saliva the same as it was during the day, which allows bacteria to remain. The result is bad breath, which is why you may wake up with “morning breath” sometimes. Staying on top of your brushing and flossing routine helps remove bacteria regularly.  This, in addition to regular professional cleanings, prevents periodontal disease.  Periodontal (gum) disease is a major source of bad breath.

How Can You Keep Your Breath Fresh?

It all starts with a stellar oral health routine. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session, making sure to brush your gums where they meet your teeth for the most thorough cleaning. It helps to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria that collect on it throughout the day. The back of the tongue is where many bacteria thrive. 

You should also remember to floss at least once a day. This removes pesky food debris and plaque from in between your teeth, giving the normal bacteria in your mouth less material to grow on. If you like to use a mouthwash, choose a nonalcoholic mouth rinse—items containing alcohol will slow down your natural saliva flow and dry out your mouth! 

Why Does It Take a Mask to Notice Your Bad Breath?

Because of COVID-19, protective mask wearing has become a daily occurrence for many. This means you can smell your own breath much more frequently than before. Sometimes bad breath can be caused by other common health issues or habits:

  • Infections in the mouth
  • Acid reflux
  • Sinus infection
  • Tonsil stones
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking

Ready to tackle your bad breath and be more comfortable wearing a mask? Just remember these easy tips for good dental hygiene. If your halitosis persists, contact your dentist to determine if you need an exam.

About the Practice

At Day Hill Dental, we have a team of 5 dentists who are committed to helping their patients smile with ultimate health. They understand the impact that COVID-19 has made in the Windsor community, which is why they have provided some helpful information for fresher breath. If you have any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (860) 688-5595. 

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