How to Avoid Getting the Dreaded “Mask Breath”

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It’s a reality for most of these days that, if we want to spend time in public around other human beings, we’re wearing a mask or other face covering.

That’s going to become even more common and imperative as we enter the winter months and are less able to spend time outdoors, so I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping I don’t have to spend the next several months smelling my own coffee breath.

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Things can get stale and trapped in there, I’m just saying!

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If you’re dismayed by the smells coming from your breath, which is now collecting right below your nose, here are some tips for combating the halitosis in your life.

First things first, see if you can get to the bottom of the reason for your bad breath. Chronic health issues like diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, poor sinus drainage, respiratory tract issues, or even acid reflux could be contributing.

If you have any of those things, work with your doctor to make sure you have them under control.

The second thing to consider is your diet. Pungent foods like garlic and onions are typical culprits, and linger as your body digests your previous meal.

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Other possible causes could be alcohol and other sugary beverages; the bacteria in your mouth loves sugar almost as much as you do.

Good oral hygiene is the key to combating almost all bad breath problems – get regular checkups to make sure you’re not dealing with cavities, gum disease, or impacted wisdom teeth.

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In the interim, make sure you’re flossing and brushing regularly to get rid of the lingering food particles in your mouth – they attract bacteria, and almost all body odors are caused when bacteria are feasting.

I know. Yummy, right?

If you’re in a pinch, chug some water to help your mouth produce fresh saliva, or grab a piece of sugarless gum or a swallow mouthwash – anything that kills bacteria will do.

Good luck out there – we’re all learning together, but we’re going to figure it out!