Face Masks & Your Oral Health


Face masks have become commonplace, and we may continue to see them used in public spaces for years to come. It remains to be seen whether or not something that is very common in some countries will become a mainstay in Canada. What we do know, however, is that while wearing masks can protect against airborne diseases, they can also lead to some oral health problems.


The main reason behind this is that masks can contribute to dry mouth. A host of consequences can stem from dry mouth – cavities, gum disease, you name it. The most noticeable sign for most mask wearers?


You’ll end up with bad breath.


Bad breath can be particularly nefarious when you’re wearing a mask because, well, you can smell your own breath. Fortunately, we’re not just here to tell you what the problem is – we can offer a few solutions, too.


One of the reasons that dry mouth is so prevalent in mask wearers is because some people have a tendency to switch from nose breathing to mouth breathing. Dry mouth is a natural consequence of mouth breathing, so remember to breathe through your nose!


We’re Still Open

As of the writing of this article, our offices are still open for dental care. Dry mouth can lead to or exacerbate the oral health issues we mentioned above – gum disease, cavities, and the like. These conditions can get worse over time, leading to more serious periodontal disease or dead teeth. 


We can consult with you over the phone to help you determine whether or not you should come into our offices. We can also recommend potential sources and treatments for dry mouth. For now, if you’re experiencing dry mouth, limit your caffeine intake, don’t use alcoholic mouthwashes, and consider chewing sugar-free gum to stimulate saliva production. 


To reiterate, if you have pressing oral health concerns, you can see a dentist in Winnipeg. The number of precautions dentists take in order to make sure patients and staff remain healthy is pretty astounding. Check out our blog posts on why dentists wear a mask and gloves and why sterilization is important in dentistry for even more insights into the precautions we take.