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“Mask Mouth”: How The Pandemic Caused Dental Problems

“Mask mouth” is a syndrome that appears due to the regular wearing of a mask. Because of it, problems with teeth and gums occur even in those people who have not previously complained of tooth decay and hypersensitivity.

The “mask mouth” is a problem that no one could have imagined existed at the beginning of the pandemic. At first, everyone faced maskne (inflammation in the lower third of the face). And then – with depression, which was caused by a long quarantine. Now it became clear that the mask regime even affected the condition of the teeth and oral cavity.

What is a mask mouth?

In August, Jeffrey Sulitzer, head of the American network of dental clinics SmileDirectClub, announced that disposable and cloth masks negatively affect the oral microflora . Wearing it makes you breathe more through your mouth. The moisture evaporates faster, there is a feeling of dryness of the mucous membranes. This creates the prerequisites for the multiplication of bacteria. As well as the formation of tooth decay, exacerbation of gum disease and the appearance of bad breath.

Later, his theory was confirmed by Dr. Rob Raimondi of the One Manhattan Dental clinic in New York. This phenomenon was even given the name “mask mouth”, which unites a whole range of problems. Among them:

  • periodontitis;
  • smell from the mouth;
  • caries;
  • pulpitis.

The phenomenon of the “mask mouth” is that its symptoms often affect even people who have not previously had signs of diseases of the mucous membranes and teeth. Dentists do not deny the ability of masks to protect us from coronavirus, but they suggest paying as much attention to oral care as possible. After all, any focus of inflammation in the gums or root canals is a risk factor. And he is able to provoke strokes and heart attacks.

How to prevent dental problems?

To protect against gum disease and tooth decay, you need to rethink your daily care routine. Replace your regular toothbrush with an electric one for more effective interdental cleaning.

Don’t ignore the surface of your tongue – it also harbors pathogenic bacteria. Dentists recommend using a comfortable tongue scraper instead of a brush. Choose not metal, but plastic gadgets to prevent injury to the mucous membrane.

If you suffer from tooth and gum sensitivity, always keep medicated mouthwashes and gels on hand. Wearing a mask exacerbates the problem of painful reactions to hot and cold temperatures. Therefore, it is better to avoid foods that provoke sensitization.

The dangers of dental floss are more and more talked about today, so instead it is better to use an irrigator to care for your gums and teeth. A jet of water or rinse aid cleans the inner side of the teeth and problem areas where plaque accumulates. The irrigator also additionally moisturizes the oral cavity, which reduces the rate of bacterial growth.

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