Oral care is more essential than ever. While wearing face coverings that are to protect us from diseases and are recommended by the CDC, dentists are seeing a rise in gum disease from “mask mouth.”
Mask Mouth refers to a range of symptoms associated with wearing a face mask. The main symptom being bad breath, or halitosis. While bad breath may seem annoying and temporary, it’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. It’s important to pay attention to any warning signs or symptoms of mask mouth and take action to prevent it!
Let’s look into some helpful, preventative measures for mask mouth.
The truth behind mask mouth:
One of the most common signs of mask mouth is bad breath. If you’re breathing through your mouth while wearing a mask, you’re drying out your mouth and causing bad breath. This can also cause dry lips.
Saliva is such a great tool that our body already produces to help keep the germs out of our mouth, so when our mouth becomes dry and we lose saliva production, we build bad-breath bacteria in the mouth.
Less saliva in the mouth also means we are more prone to tooth decay and infections. When we are wearing our mask often and experience dry mouth, we’re advancing or progressing tooth decay.
Bad breath is often a sign that something isn’t quite right. When we wear our masks, we may breathe through our mouths more and dry out our mouths. While this may not seem like an issue, when we dry out our mouths, we leave them more susceptible to bacteria growth. When bacteria grow in our mouth, we can experience things like cavities and gum disease. Saliva is a huge multitasker in our mouths and it constantly keeps bacteria at bay. When we lose saliva production, we lose our biggest bacteria fighter.
The new oral hygiene issue — caused by, you guessed it, wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus — is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath. Learn More about the stinky side effects of Mask Mouth HERE.
Why do you choose an all-inclusive resort when booking a vacation? It’s because they have it all and more. Everything you could possibly need is in one convenient location. But what do all-inclusive resorts and our dental office have in common? They’re both one-stop shops with everything you need!
It’s here again – the holiday season is upon us. With trick-or-treating, turkey and football, and a big Christmas tree in our near futures, thinking about going to the dentist can fall to the back of our brains. It’s so easy to do, so we’re here to remind you today about the importance of getting the most out of the dental insurance you pay for. When end-of-the-year rolls around, it’s imperative to use your dental benefits and get your appointments scheduled to see your dentist.
Use it or Lose it … check out these tips to maximize your dental insurance benefits and flexible spending accounts HERE.
Did you know you can save possibly thousands of dollars if you use your dental benefits before the end of the year? Dental insurance deductibles are often met, annual maximums won’t roll over, and next year’s premiums may increase. So, it’s time to start thinking about what dental services you and your family may need and want.
If you need larger dental treatments and you’ve met your deductible, the end of the year is the perfect time to get these treatments completed! Once you reach your deductible, out-of-pocket expenses drop dramatically, so treatments are easier to get done and less expensive for your wallet.
If you’re getting close to reaching your annual maximum, talk with us at Premier Dental and we can help create a plan to split treatments between year to year, if needed. We love to work with you and your insurance to create the perfect plan for your treatments to get you the treatments you need and the services you want!
Dr. Caye and his team at Premier Dental join dental practices and professionals around the country each September in celebration of National Gum Care Month. Why is gum care so important? Let’s dive in and find out!!
You may not have heard of Periodontal Disease, if you visit your dentist regularly and you haven’t – that’s probably a good sign! Periodontal Disease is also known as Gum Disease and almost 50% of adults have some form it. Here’s the scary part – if left untreated, it can lead to even more serious problems, ranging from tooth loss to heart disease.
Yes … that’s why Gum Care Month is SO IMORTANT!! However, Gum Disease can be prevented!
There are several preventative actions you can take to help avoid the onset of gum disease. We want you to be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs so, we’ve gathered some interesting information and statistics for you as well.
We’re excited to share additional dental information and education to our community of patients and friends. We’ll publish articles that discuss dentistry important to our patients twice each month; everything from preventative dentistry to cosmetic dentistry!
Making sure we provide educational information that you can learn from and share is important to us and we want to keep you “in the know” about these subjects and more:
We won’t talk in technical, dental terminology, we want you to keep reading out blogs … not put you to sleep!