COVID cavities

Ever wondered how wearing a mask can impact your oral hygiene? It is no surprise that you never thought about the possibility, we have enough on our minds, right? Below we tell you how easy it is to take extra good care of your teeth through this global crisis.

In the midst of a world-wide pandemic the last thing that may have crossed your mind is; oral hygiene and the affects wearing a mask can have on your mouth and teeth. Covid cavities are a thing! The mask plastered to your face, protecting you from a deadly outbreak is also affecting your oral health, although wearing a mask is fundamental, it shouldn’t be the cause of oral related diseases – which is why it is important that you take extra care of those pearly whites!

One might ask, how this is even possible?

Long periods of time spent behind a mask is drying out your mouth and leading to bad breath. Interestingly enough your saliva plays a huge role in keeping your mouth healthy and also stimulating your taste buds so you are able to experience that delicious meal later on. A dry mouth can also lead up to cavities and gum disease, which we definitely want to avoid! When the tissue in your mouth is dry your saliva production slows down drastically, which in turn causes an increase in bacteria build up.

In severe cases, neglected oral hygiene can have a ripple effect and result into more serious health risks.

BUT DON’T DESPAIR!

Although canning the mask is not an option right now, there are many effective ways to ensure healthy oral hygiene:

  • Brushing twice a day with a tooth paste containing fluoride. Fluoride is your best defense for tooth decaying bacteria.
  • Flossing daily helps with reducing plaque and stimulates your gums.
  • Drinking water may have brilliant benefits for your health but it also has brilliant benefits for your teeth too. Using a straw is great way to get in your 8 glasses without removing your mask.
  • Avoid beverages that dry out your mouth like coffee and alcohol.
  • Limit eating artificial sugary foods as this turns into acid which erodes the enamel of your teeth.
  • Flossing daily helps with reducing plaque and stimulates your gums.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups

A united approach at beating Covid will ensure that in no time we can share our beautiful smiles again!