The Drawbacks of Wearing a Mask

The Coronavirus pandemic has facilitated a litany of new words and phrases; from social distancing to wearing a mask, there’s a new expression for almost everything related to the virus. One expression that many dentists hear now is mask mouth. The phrase refers to a variety of symptoms related to wearing a face mask for long periods. It’s not an official diagnosis, but it’s become a common phrase used to describe the exacerbation of issues that have stemmed from encouraged mask-wearing.

The rules about wearing a mask vary throughout the United States. However, you should wear a mask as much as possible when out in public to protect yourself and others. While wearing a mask is crucial for public safety, oral hygiene is also a priority. Mask mouth is a general expression that includes a range of symptoms; one that we can help address is dry mouth.

Mask mouth is caused by wearing a mask for a long period of time. By keeping your mouth covered behind a mask and breathing through your mouth more so than your nose, can dry out your mouth. As your mouth becomes dry, your breath starts to smell, and your teeth suffer.

Saliva is critical to maintaining good oral health, so if you get a dry mouth, this may lead to other issues, such as tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Let untreated, symptoms of mask mouth can cause lasting damage to your oral cavity.

Lubricity is a unique saliva substitute that relieves dry mouth symptoms like no other. Lasting up to 4 hours, Lubricity provides significant improvement in the quality of life of those suffering from dry mouth and works differently from other solutions. By forming a flavorless gel film that coats the mouth and penetrates oral tissue, Lubricity provides lasting relief from even the most persistent dry mouth symptoms. Hyaluronate Acid, a compound the body makes naturally, is the main ingredient in Lubricity. Best of all, there is no awful after taste as people have experienced with some of the leading dry mouth solutions.