Why Does My Breath Smell Bad When Wearing a Mask?

June 29, 2020

Girl wearing maskI’m sure you’ve noticed a change in your breath now whenever you’re out with your mask on. You’re probably wondering why the mask is making your breath smell, when in reality it may not be the mask. Think of wearing a mask as constantly cupping your mouth to smell your breath.

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is usually a result of decreased saliva production. Although there are many reasons why you may be experiencing bad breath, we decided to make a list of potential reasons.

What Might Be Causing Your Bad Breath

  1. When wearing a mask it inhibits you from drinking. If you aren’t receiving as much water as normal, this can result in bad breath. Drinking water regularly allows for bacteria to be washed away before they can multiply and cause your breath to smell.
  2. You might not be brushing your teeth correctly. When food gets trapped between your teeth and under your gums, bacteria will start breaking it down, leaving behind a foul odor. If you’re experiencing this try brushing your teeth and tongue three times a day, flossing, and using a mouthwash with fluoride in it!
  3. Diet is known to be a culprit for bad breath. Garlic, coffee, fish, eggs, and onions are all known to leave an odor behind on your breath. Many aren’t aware that sweets also amongst that list. According to CNN, sugar is like a superfood to bacteria, leaving a stink behind. Gummies and caramels are the worst offenders, but if you have a sweet tooth that won’t go away, your best option is to go for plain chocolate!
  4. Breathing from your mouth will certainly increase any smell. At night, saliva production is decreased. Mouth breathing or snoring can further dry out the mouth, making your breath even fouler than the normal “morning breath”. The best way to get to the bottom of your mouth breathing problems is to drink lots of water and continue with your dental hygiene routine.
  5. You may have an underlying medical condition. If you’re experiencing acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease the acid can easily create bad breath. Untreated GERD can easily develop into serious illness. Bad breath can also be an early sign of other underlying diseases that don’t have any noticeable symptoms.

We’ve Got You Covered

If you’re experiencing halitosis, consider making an appointment to visit your dentist! Your dentist will be able to determine the reason behind your bad breath and be able to give you some solutions. Here at College Ave Modern Dental, your Fort Collins CO dentist, we have been taking precautions to keep you and our staff safe.

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