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  03 Oct 2020  Dr. Namrata Jadwani Takhtani on mask mouth and what we can do about it

Dr. Namrata Jadwani Takhtani on mask mouth and what we can do about it

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Published : Oct 3, 2020, 5:49 pm IST
Updated : Oct 3, 2020, 5:49 pm IST

Mask Mouth is a side-effect of oral health issues caused by continuously wearing the mask -courtesy of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mask Mouth is a side-effect of oral health issues caused by continuously wearing the mask -courtesy of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has made wearing a mask essential to safeguard oneself against the disease, but on the flip side, it has also caused a burgeoning rise in patients suffering from dental hygiene problems.

 

Discussing mask mouth, Dr. Namrata Jadwani Takhtani explains its progress, repercussions, and how to avoid it.

A renowned dentist, Dr. Takhtani, is the founder of The Smylist Clinic, Mumbai, India.

Q: Dr. Takhtani, what is Mask Mouth?

A: The prolonged wearing of masks due to the pandemic has adversely given rise to a host of dental hygiene concerns referred to as mask mouth. The main reason for its occurrence is that a lot of people are chronic mouth breathers and mostly unaware of it.

Mouth breathing while having a mask on leads to dry mouth, which is often associated with increased cavities, gingivitis, bad breath, and a decrease in salivary flow rate. Saliva is vital for protection against bacteria, cleansing of teeth, and neutralizing the acid in the mouth.

 

Q: What are the oral hygiene issues caused by it?

A: Mask wearers are susceptible to several oral hygiene issues such as an increase in gum disease and inflammation, bad breath, caries, tooth decay, and ulcers. It can also cause severe dehydration and skin related problems such as maskne (acne breakouts on areas covered by a mask) and candida.
It is strictly advised to visit a dentist if you notice any signs of mask mouth.

If left untreated, it can prove harmful. For example, untreated gum inflammation can progress to periodontal disease, eventually leading to strokes and an increased risk of getting a heart attack.

Q: How to prevent the occurrence of mask mouth?
A: To prevent mask mouth, people need to stay vigilant of their breathing pattern and breathe from the nose, especially when wearing a mask. Also, ensure to change the mask daily and wash it thoroughly.

 

It is highly recommended to increase water intake to avoid dry mouth and bad breath, besides limiting junk food.

You must also follow a strict oral hygiene routine and visit your dentist regularly for a check-up to eliminate cavities and for cleanups to take care of gum inflammation and other dental issues.

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