What Causes Nasty Mask Breath?

Jennifer Keiper
July 22, 2020 - 6:12 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Wearing masks may have made you take notice of something with which you’ve never thought was a problem: bad breath.

Dr. Julio Argueta of DuPage Family Dental of Winfield says masks have us doing more mouth-breathing. 

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“Instead of breathing through the nose, you’re breathing through your mouth, which will help dry-up the saliva in your mouth,” Argueta explains. “So, the drier your mouth is, the more it can become filled with bacteria and then lead to bad breath.”

In order to reduce bad breath, you have to remove debris and bacteria. Some tips: drink plenty of water, brush your teeth and your tongue twice a day. Chew sugar-free gum or mints and avoid tobacco products.

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