While we have spoken about mask mouth, it is important that we share that this does not necessarily increase your risk of cavities. The American Dental Association (ADA) noted that they have seen no evidence that shows an increase in cavities over the last several months. Here is what is important to know.
Protect yourself from mask mouth
The ADA has noticed that sometimes throughout the pandemic, people have been looking for excuses for why they have more cavities. That is why they begin to blame face coverings for those complications. But the real problem is skipping out on routine dental care and not following proper preventive measures.
If you follow proper precautions–like you did before the pandemic–then you should be fine. But if you skipped out on visiting your dentist at least twice a year, don’t floss at least once daily or brush twice a day, you might be placing yourself further at risk. And it has nothing to do with mask mouth or wearing a mask.
Minimize your risk
For anyone who is concerned about their cavity risk, the ADA recommends taking the following steps:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth once a day by flossing.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year.
Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry for your routine dental appointment and to remain on top of your oral health.