Save Yourself the Horror of Mask Breath with These 5 Tips
Posted by Prestigious Smiles Family Dentistry on Jan 4 2021, 08:03 AM
Everybody experiences bad breath from time to time, especially after a meal stuffed with generous amounts of onion and garlic. However, we most often do not realize we have bad breath and go on with our day. The same cannot be said today, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic when it is mandatory to wear a mask as a precautionary measure against the deadly virus. Today, people are more aware of their breath than they ever were, thanks to the care of the face mask that makes us re-breathe exhaled air.
Causes of Mask Breath
Several reasons have been deduced to be the cause of mask breath; some of them are:
- Dry mouth caused by breathing through the mouth while having a mask on
- The buildup of bacteria caused by dryness
- Dry mouth caused due to reduced tendency to drink water
- Snacking on sugar-rich junk due to spending long lengths of time at home
- Lack of proper dental care when social distancing was being practiced plus hesitation to visit dental offices due to the prolonged coronavirus scare
Tips to Prevent Mask Breath
Here are a few tips that could help beat mask breath and bad breath in general:
- Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing and flossing twice a day will help get rid of food debris as well as get rid of tartar in hard-to-reach areas. Rinsing your mouth right after will also help flush out any harmful bacteria.
- Clean Your Mask: Since wearing a mask may promote mouth breathing, certain microscopic bacteria may latch onto the fabric of the mask, which is why it is important to wear a clean mask every day.
- Stay Hydrated: Hydration helps prevent dry mouth, neutralize acids that damage teeth and gums, as well as clear away left-over food particles. Drinking water really is a universal solution to stay hygienic and healthy.
- Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks: While sugary foods and beverages can create a habitable environment for bacteria to develop and thrive, foods like onion and garlic directly contribute to bad breath. So, try to avoid excess intake of such food and make sure you rinse your mouth after a meal.
- Take Mask Breaks: When you can practice social distancing efficiently, especially when there is nobody around, feel free to take off your mask for a few minutes. This will help you breathe comfortably and let you down a few glasses of water too!
When you wear your mask for long hours, remember to carry an on-the-go breath kit with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and some sugar-free mint to pop when you feel the need.