- Wearing a mask may make you less likely to drink water frequently, and more likely to breathe through your mouth.
- Both of these lead to decreased saliva and dry mouth.
- A dry mouth allows thug bugs to proliferate and gain the upper hand in the oral microbiome.
- If the above steps are habitual, then this shift in the oral microbiome causes an increased tendency for both tooth decay and gum disease
Written by- https://orawellness.com/ There’s a new oral health development due to the events of 2020 that warrants a discussion. Dentists are witnessing an uptick in the prevalence of dry mouth, gum disease, and tooth decay. This uptick is being attributed to habitually wearing masks for long periods, which is why the media has named this new phenomenon “mask mouth”. In this article, the focus will be on the solutions. There’s a physiology behind how wearing a mask can impact one’s oral health and how to reduce the risks. Understanding how masks can affect our mouths can help us to take action so we can safely wear masks, while maintaining our oral health. What is “mask mouth”? Mask mouth is a new phenomenon for our global culture – it refers to the effects on our oral health due to long-term mask usage. Due to the pandemic, the public at large is now faced with having to navigate the impact of prolonged habitual mask-wearing, including mask mouth. First, let’s take a look at what causes mask mouth. Then we’ll look into what you can do to avoid the risks of mask-wearing. What happens to our teeth when wearing a mask? Did you know that one cause of tooth decay is dry mouth? Yep, saliva levels play a huge role in whether or not the thug bugs implicated with tooth decay (and gum disease) gain the upper hand in the oral microbiome. Decreased saliva levels allow these trouble-causing oral pathogens to build their numbers. Wearing a mask might make you less likely to drink water during the day to stay hydrated and maintain the moisture important for a healthy mouth. You might also find yourself breathing more often through your mouth instead of your nose when wearing a mask. Habitual mouth breathing also invites a host of other system-wide breakdowns, including bad breath and even teeth becoming misaligned over time (because it prevents the tongue from being in the proper position against the roof of the mouth to help support the alignment of the teeth). So, here’s the issue summary as it’s seen…