Over the past few months we’ve all had to adjust to a new normal – whatever that is. With quarantines, supply shortages, working from home (if you’re lucky) and wearing masks in public, it’s a lot of big changes. But one change many people have had to adjust to is a little nastier than others: mask breath. How do you combat mask breath while still protecting yourself and others from COVID-19? Read on for some tips.
You may have seen a commercial airing right now that suggests certain sugar-free mints might help eliminate mask breath. It’s a good marketing spin – but does it work? Temporarily, probably. But if you’re out for a long time, you may need a few mints, and moving that mask down to pop a mint is probably not the best idea. So we’d suggest limiting mints to a quick trip with your mask. Mints also just mask the problem, so they’re not the best long-term solution to mask breath.
Gum is another option for masking (pun intended) mask breath, but sometimes chewing can make your mask shift, so beware of that if you choose to try gum as a mask remedy. Remember, if you choose gum or mints, opt for sugar-free or you could be harming your teeth while you chew.
Mouthwash is a great option for fresh breath, but mouthwash alone is not the best course of action in any situation. Mouthwash is best used in conjunction with a complete oral health routine.
No, not the dance – flossing with dental floss. Though flossing isn’t the most fun activity, it does an excellent job of wiping away odor-causing bacteria and bits of decaying food (yuck!) from between your teeth, giving you fresher breath in and out of your mask.
Naturally, brushing your teeth is the best way to eradicate mask breath. Brushing your teeth clears away plaque, bacteria and food bits and keeps your breath smelling fresh while protecting your teeth from cavities and your gums protected from gingivitis and periodontitis.
If you do notice bad mask breath, make sure your mask is clean. Use disposable masks just once, and wash cloth masks regularly. If you still notice bad breath while wearing your mask, it may be time to schedule a cleaning and exam with Dr. Abelar. For your appointment, contact us at 858-523-1400 today.