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Why Does My Breath Smell When Wearing a Mask?

March 31, 2021

Filed under: General Dentistry — Boom @ 7:15 am

woman with bad breath covering mouthNow that wearing masks is the new normal, have you noticed a difference in the way your breath smells? More to the point, maybe you’ve realized that your breath is far from fresh now that you’re constantly smelling it!

Bad breath, known as Halitosis, is caused by a decrease in saliva production. However, what you’re experiencing might come from a different culprit.

Bad Mask Breath Causes

Diet

It’s no surprise that what you eat can affect your breath. Foods like fish, eggs, coffee, garlic, onion, and even sweets leave odors behind. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend plain chocolate instead of gummies or caramels that attract a lot of bacteria. Furthermore, when wearing a mask, we tend to drink less which helps clear away bacteria. Pay attention to your water intake as this greatly affects the way your breath smells!

Poor Dental Hygiene

When food gets left in between your teeth, bacteria will begin breaking it down, leaving a bad smell behind. Try brushing your teeth and tongue three times a day. You should also make sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and floss at least once a day.

Dry Mouth

Mouth breathers have a reputation for having bad breath since saliva production lessens at night and snoring or mouth breathing further dries out the mouth. This leads to the dreaded “morning breath,” which can be worse than typical day breath. The best way to limit bad breath from mouth breathing is to drink a lot of water and have a regular dental hygiene routine.

Underlying conditions

A lot of medical conditions can cause bad breath. For example, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to bad breath because of acid build-up. Sometimes bad breath is an early sign of disease that doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms. Don’t worry, your Exceptional Smiles dentist is trained to detect these signs.

Say Goodbye to Bad Breath

If you’ve noticed your bad mask breath during the past year, you should make an appointment with your Exceptional Smiles dentist to see if they can help. We’ve been following all of the necessary safety precautions to keep you and our staff safe, so call us today!

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