By now you've probably heard of "mask mouth" and at first I laughed at the term but the longer we are wearing masks it is a legitimate problem. Many patients complain that they are very aware of their bad breath while wearing a mask. An increase in bacterial plaque can cause smelly breath under the mask. We've found that with all the uncertainty and changes some people have neglected their oral hygiene habits.
While the symptoms vary for each person, the most common are dry mouth (xerostomia), halitosis (bad breath), bleeding gums, dehydration, mouth breathing, tooth decay, gum disease, and an increase of bacteria due to recycled air.
Your dental health influences your overall health. A dental cleaning is like hitting the reset button as it rids the mouth of calculus, plaque and biofilm. Depending on the needs of the individual, many people need cleanings three or four times per year. Your dental hygienist will discuss your individual needs and provide coaching for your specific optimal oral care solutions.
So, you are entering the wonderful world of orthodontics for yourself or a loved one and like many other adults, we stress about the homecare aspect of orthodontics. As a hygien...Read More