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Protect Your Smile From “Mask Mouth” Philadelphia, PA
General Dentist Philadelphia PA

Mask wearing has become required throughout Philadelphia to help protect people from COVID-19. While wearing a mask may help prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus, there are side effects of covering your mouth for extended periods of time. Wearing a mask covers the lower portion of your face, and it can put your oral health at risk. While the entire staff at Broad Street Braces wants you to remain healthy, we also want to help protect the health of your smile that you are working so hard to correct.

A new condition has been given the name “mask mouth.” While it may seem like a term coined by anti-mask wearers, it has actually been dubbed by dentists nationwide. Orthodontic practices across the nation are reporting that even their healthiest patients are presenting with symptoms associated with very foul symptoms. Severe bad breath, tooth decay, and receding gum tissues are being found to be in direct correlation with long-term mask-wearing throughout the day.

“Mask mouth” is presenting the following issues:

  • Mouth breathing – 80% of your oxygen intake should come from breathing in through your nose. However, people who wear a mask for longer than 3 minutes at a time find that they are breathing through their mouths. With oxygen being reduced due to a mask at your face, people are breathing in through their mouths in order to inhale more air at a time. Mouth breathing causes a huge drop in saliva production. Breathing in through the mouth dries out the mouth, and saliva production cannot keep up with the demand to keep the mouth moist.
  • Dry mouth – As a result of mouth breathing and reduced saliva production, the condition known as “dry mouth” is affecting millions of Americans. Dry mouth leads to a buildup of bacteria that can quickly harm the teeth and gums. Dry mouth also leads to severe bad breath.
  • Dehydration – While one solution to dry mouth is a high increase in drinking water, most people wearing a mask for hours a day are not maintaining a high water intake. With their mouths continuously covered, they are not thinking about drinking, or it is very inconvenient to raise and lower the mask hundreds of times a day to take sips of water. Dehydration poses a dangerous threat to the entire body, including serious oral health issues.

If you must wear a mask, please make sure you are taking extra precautions to protect your oral health. It will benefit you greatly for the success of your orthodontic treatment.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

Phuong H

Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!