If you have noticed your breath smells nasty when wearing a face mask, you can’t necessarily blame it on the mask as it could be a dental health problem. Many people have halitosis or bad breath, and wearing a mask makes it easier to smell your breath.
Lots of different factors can cause bad breath. Sometimes it is simply down to your choice of food and drink. Other times it can be due to poor oral hygiene or because you are dehydrated. Sinus problems can be a contributing factor, and occasionally bad breath can be due to general health problems. Your oral health is closely connected to your general health, and halitosis can sometimes be a symptom of health issues that include diabetes and heart disease.
If you are concerned about bad breath, book an appointment for a dental checkup. We can check the condition of your teeth and gums to make sure you do not have any dental problems that require treatment. Also, if poor oral hygiene is an issue, we can advise you on cleaning your teeth more effectively, including tips on how to floss properly. In addition, when lockdown restrictions ease, a professional cleaning of your teeth removes plaque and tartar buildup that can contribute to bad breath.