Sumary of Wearing a mask to protect yourself from Covid-19 for long hours? Beware of its side effects on oral hygiene:
- That mask that you are wearing to protect yourself from Covid-19 may not be saving you from oral hygiene woes after all!
- Turns out that wearing a mask for too long can lead to a condition called mask mouth!
- According to Dr. Gunita Singh, Director at Dentem, and Associate Consultant at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, mask mouth describes the variety of oral side effects from wearing a mask for an extended time.
- Mask mouth might include dry mouth, bad breath, tooth decay, and even gum disease.
- These side effects, as per dental professionals, can be attributed to a few factors: Disrupted breathing patterns: A study conducted by PNMedical shows how wearing a mask can impact your breathing, causing more rapid, shallow breaths using your mouth, chest, and neck instead of your diaphragm.
- Breathing out of your mouth decreases the amount of saliva, which plays an important role in your oral health-washing away food debris and defending your teeth from cavities.
- Dehydration can lead to dry mouth, increasing your risk of tooth decay and bad breath.
- When you wear a mask, you trap more carbon dioxide in your mouth than usual, according to Aerosol and Air Quality Research.