How Face Masks Are Affecting Your Oral Health

How Face Masks Are Affecting Your Oral HealthAs the novel COVID-19 virus spread into a global pandemic, the importance of face masks became more evident. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that this safety measure has prevented upwards of 185,000 deaths! However, after over seven months of battling the Coronavirus, dentists are beginning to notice how these coverings are affecting our oral health. Read on to learn about “mask mouth” and how your dentist can help!

How Face Masks Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

Face masks effectively prevent the transmission of respiratory droplets that can travel 20 to 500 micrometers with a single word. And while they play a crucial role in the battle against COVID-19, dental professionals are beginning to see the effects on their patients’ teeth and gums. Although experts are still researching the exact correlation, it is believed that dry mouth and a lower intake of water are the leading culprits. Fortunately, there are a few prevention tactics you can implement to protect your oral health.

6 Preventive Tactics to Implement Today

Face masks continue to be an essential part of functioning in our “new normal.” Therefore, to prevent “mask mouth,” you should focus on incorporating the below best practices:

How Your Dentist Can Help

Dental cleanings and exams are a crucial component of any solid oral hygiene routine, especially amid a pandemic. In fact, routine visits can remove plaque buildup, catch gum disease in the early stages, treat minor to severely damaged teeth, and address concerns stemming from “mask mouth.” Plus, they can detect non-dental issues (like oral cancer and osteoporosis) and ensure your oral health isn’t negatively impacting your overall health. So, it’s safe to say that your dentist is one of your greatest allies amid this pandemic!

Since face masks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, the best way to protect your oral health is through prevention. Fortunately, prioritizing your at-home dental care routine and visiting your dentist twice a year can help keep your teeth and gums in good condition!

About the Author

Since completing his Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Dr. Brumbaugh has spent the last 20+ years helping his patients achieve smiles that are as healthy as they are beautiful. He firmly believes in treating each person in his treatment chair with compassion and is dedicated to delivering world-class care that is second to none. If it’s time for your bi-yearly visit or you simply would like to make sure your oral health is in good condition, then visit his website or give him a call at 214-369-5159.