Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been clear that wearing a mask is key to preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2. Wearing a mask helps to stop respiratory droplets from traveling in the air and onto another person if you cough, sneeze, talk or raise your voice.
However, when you wear a mask for an extended period of time, it can create some unwanted side effects such as something called, “mask mouth.” Mask mouth covers a variety of oral side effects from wearing a mask such as dry mouth, bad breath, tooth decay and even gum disease.
What are symptoms of mask mouth?
Mask mouth severity will vary from person to person. However, mask mouth will most likely present as a few symptoms. Those are:
- Dry mouth.
- Bad breath.
- Bleeding gums.
It is imperative that you continue to wear a mask when in public, crowded settings. But it is also important to take charge of your dental health to prevent further damage. Contact us at Pinnacle Peak Family Dentistry to learn more about mask mouth and how to make your oral health a priority.