California Globe has seen reports of lung infections from long-term mask wearing, persistent coughing, as well as dermatitis on the skin around the mouth.
Providing one more reason healthy people should not wear face masks, Dentists report they are seeing a new syndrome brought about by mask-wearing which the doctors have dubbed “mask mouth,” Fox News reports.
The moisture trapped in face masks creates a petri dish of breeding ground for bacteria, as it is in place directly over your mouth.
Like “meth-mouth,” which dentists describe as the nasty teeth and gums of methamphetamine users, the newest oral hygiene issue is caused by wearing a mask all the time to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Constant mask-wearing “is leading to all kinds of dental disasters like decaying teeth, receding gum lines and seriously sour breath.
“We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before,” says Dr. Rob Ramondi, a dentist and co-founder of One Manhattan Dental. “About 50% of our patients are being impacted by this, [so] we decided to name it ‘mask mouth’ — after ‘meth mouth.’ ”
“People tend to breathe through their mouth instead of through their nose while wearing a mask,” says Dr. Marc Sclafani, co-founder of One Manhattan Dental. “The mouth breathing is causing the dry mouth, which leads to a decrease in saliva — and saliva is what fights the bacteria and cleanses your teeth.”
He adds that “saliva is also what neutralizes acid in the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.”
Because it is difficult to eat or drink with a mask on, dentists remind people to drink plenty of water, use mouthwash, brush and floss regularly, and don’t let your mouth get dry.