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‘Mask Mouth’ is a Seriously Stinky Side Effect of Wearing Masks

August 6, 2020
by New York Post

Some bad breath just can’t be covered up.

Now that dentists have reopened their doors, they’re having patients show up with a nasty set of symptoms, which the doctors have dubbed “mask mouth.”

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.

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15 Comments » for ‘Mask Mouth’ is a Seriously Stinky Side Effect of Wearing Masks
  1. Prevention is better than cure. In the present pandemic, it has become important to wear mask all the time when you are outside your house. Well, there are so many people experiencing issues like suffocation, lack of breath, oral issues and many other things due to this. Allergies has become a very big issue. It is better to stay hygiene and try to wear a comfortable mask. Thanks.
    Family dentist Manteca

    • Dr Dan Green says:

      This is a joke. Wearing a mask while out of the home in crowded conditions where you can’t social distance is the best idea for preventing the spread of COVID 19. But tell me how many people brush their teeth outside the home unless it’s at their place of work where they would have the privacy of a washroom.
      This “mask mouth” BS is all about people not looking after themselves by taking the time at least twice a day to adequately brush and floss their teeth. It has nothing to do with wearing a mask unless it is glued to their face 24-7.

      • UnionPacific says:

        This “mask mouth” BS is all about people not looking after themselves by taking the time at least twice a day to adequately brush and floss their teeth”

        That is callous of you since a good deal of covid victims suffer from major health problems due to their lifestyle. People who are Obese got that way due to their eating habits and the same can be said of Diabetics. Yet the rest have to wear masks even though it causes Mask Mouth risking their health.

        • Margaret Oxford says:

          Union Pacific: A major cause of diabetes is the corn syrup, b.p.a. in canned foods, hormones and antibiotics in meat and dairy and chemicals in your tap water. Only the wealthy can eat healthy – that’s why you see so many impoverished people overweight and with heart problems and diabetes. Some people inherit it (juvenile type 1 diabetes). Please don’t be so small minded and judgmental. It’s conceited and ugly.

          • Sam says:

            Margaret, only the wealthy can eat healthy is bull. I see people on food stamps buying loads of crap because they can. I also see some of them to buy great food. My income is $2.00 above the poverty line and I eat healthy. Hell, I can’t afford not to because I don’t have free health care like the people you are describing do.

      • Cassandra says:

        LOL, I agree

      • Jodyman says:

        I agree, “Mask Mouth” is a bunch of BS. When have you ever gone to a dentist and he wasn’t wearing a mask? Hmmm, all day working with a mask and never a peep about “Mask Mouth” until it is to cause some sensation with relation to COVID-19. Great marketing on the part of the Dentist who came up with this BS in New York. Oh Brother!

    • Gitte Bendixen says:

      How much of this b acteriainfektions will end up in the lungs? And how many bacteriainfected lungs will be said to be covid19 due to the queationable covid19 testkits?

  2. I highly disagree, so far 4 people I work with has last a tooth including me. There is no way in hell all of our teeth just magically fell out around the same time. We all floss and take good care of our teeth. It is absolutely the mask causing this!

    • spambrosia says:

      That’s about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. Wearing a mask while out in public is not going to cause your teeth to rot and fall out. I just had my dental exam last week after rescheduling it from April. My teeth were in great shape, no cavities, no nothing. Because I brush and floss the same way I have for my entire life.

      • Amanda says:

        The carbon dioxide breathed back in most certainly will. Don’t tell me you’re one of those people that automatically believe whatever the TV tells you from people that are known liars and can’t keep their stories straight.

        Best way to approach it, common sense and logic. What does using a mask do first and foremost.. try using a pulse oximeter and watch what happens after 15-60 min……

    • Al says:

      How old are you? We do start losing teeth as we get older. My dentist has been saving my teeth for years…your tooth did not all the sudden become lose

  3. Connor says:

    I have to have surgery for my gum recession, that has worsened at an ALARMING rate since I have been wearing a mask for 4 hours roughly a day

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