Meet ‘mask mouth’: The dental impact of masking up for COVID-19

Meet ‘mask mouth’: The dental impact of masking up for COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has produced a new adverse health impact that dentists have dubbed “Mask Mouth.”

“Mask Mouth,” the result of wearing a coronavirus mask, produces an unpleasant odor and promotes tooth decay, Raleigh, N.C.  Dentist Justin Russo explained in an interview with local station ABC11:

“The bacteria in your mouth will have a more fertile breeding ground, you’ll be more likely to have tooth decay, you’ll smell bad breath, those sorts of things.”

What’s more, the stress of dealing with the mask and coronavirus can prompt people to grind and clench their teeth, Russo says:

“A lot of people are stressed out. I can just tell by people’s mood that they’re stressed out. So, they’re clenching, grinding their teeth. A lot of people are eating irregular.”

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