As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing face masks has become commonplace for many individuals. While masks are important for staying healthy right now, they can also have a negative effect on certain habits that help us maintain good oral health. In an interview with WCVB Channel 5 in Boston, Dr. Margarita Panajoti explained that face masks are causing certain behavioral changes, like breathing through the mouth more and not drinking water as often. As a result, the mouth tends to be drier throughout the day, which can encourage bacterial growth.
With many patients returning for their routine cleanings, Dr. Panajoti says she has noticed more individuals suffering from inflammation and gingivitis. To help prevent these issues as a result of mask use, she offers certain tips in her WCVB news feature. Watch the video below for more details:
New England Dental Group has put several additional COVID-19 safety protocols in place to keep patients and team members healthy and safe. This includes temperature checks, frequent office disinfecting, UVC light-based air filtration, and more.Previous Post