As we all try to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, many people are noticing a stinky side effect- bad breath. There are several possible causes. Most people breathe out of their mouths while wearing a face mask. This results in xerostomia, or dry mouth. A simple fix is to drink a lot of water, or chew sugar-free Xylitol Gum. This will increase your salivary flow and reduce dry mouth, and ultimately improve your breath.
Another reason for bad breath is poor oral hygiene. Most of us have missed a check up and cleaning since the pandemic began. Dental plaque and tartar buildup act as a matrix for bacterial growth, causing bad breath. If this is the case, we strongly urge you to schedule your supportive care ASAP https://www.drjacobsanddrbogart.com/services/supportive-periodontal-therapy.
Our dental office is extremely safe. We have implemented all of the recommendations from the CDC and ADA to keep you and our staff safe. If you have any questions about what we are doing, check out this video: https://www.drjacobsanddrbogart.com/contents/covid-19.
Bad breath maybe a sign of more serious dental issues, tooth decay (cavities), broken teeth, broken fillings, broken caps/crowns, Gingivitis, or Periodontal Disease (https://www.drjacobsanddrbogart.com/contents/treatments-services/what-is-periodontal-disease), so once again, we stress the importance of keeping up with your dental exam and cleaning. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at our new email address firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 371-5250.