Foul breath under the mask? Follow these 9 tips to get rid of it

Published on: 27 January 2022, 18:54 pm IST

Are you scared to remove your face mask because of bad breath? Read the causes and how you can get rid of the odour.

Aayushi Gupta
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Bacteria build-up is the most common cause of bad breath. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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We’ve now completed two years of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. These two years were no less than a rollercoaster ride for all of us. Since the pandemic entered our lives, wearing a mask has become the new normal. Initially, we were not used to it but now we can step out without our phones but not without a mask!

But is wearing a face mask exposing you to your bad breath? Well, if you can smell it under your mask, you need to find out the cause and the treatment to get rid of it ASAP.

HealthShots reached out to Dr Pradip Shah, General Physician, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, to help us understand the various causes of bad breath and what we can do to reduce it despite wearing a mask.

Check out the causes behind the bad breath under your mask

1. Poor oral hygiene

It’s no surprise that poor oral hygiene is the leading cause of bad breath. Poor oral hygiene can lead to the build up of the bacteria in your mouth, and bacteria release sulfur compounds that smell like rotten eggs.

2. Drinking coffee or alcohol

When you drink coffee and alcohol, you allow bacteria to stay in your mouth. This bacteria inside of your mouth produces a foul odour.

3. Smoking

Along with coffee, alcohol, or even tea, smoking can also cause bad breath. Smoking damages your gum tissues, leading to gum infection or diseases and this can cause product bad mouth odour.

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Quit smoking NOW for the sake of your oral health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Eating a low carb diet

If you are fasting or eating a low carb diet in order to lose weight, this can lead to an unpleasant odour. A low carb diet alters your body’s metabolism, and this can result in bad breath.

5. Indigestion

Digestive system issues like acid reflux, constipation, bowel disorders, etc are all reasons behind bad breath under the mask.

6. Dry mouth

Dry mouth is a medical condition also known as xerostomia which can result in a bad breath because it multiplies the bacteria rapidly in your mouth. You should visit a doctor to treat it.

7. Certain medicines

Certain medicines you are taking for anxiety, depression, blood pressure, etc can cause bad breath.

8. Certain oral conditions

Local mouth conditions such as tonsil infection, postnasal drip, sinus infection, etc are reasons for the foul odour.

Follow these tips to get rid of the bad breath under your mask

These tips are suggested by Dr Shah:

1. Drink more water

The key to keeping bad breath at bay is drinking lots of water. Dehydration is an enemy of your oral health. Water can help your body to stay hydrated and help in flushing out the food residue and bacteria from your mouth.

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Stay hydrated to stay fit. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Clean/change your mask regularly

Smelling your own mouth breath under the mask may be unpleasant. Thus, it can be corrected by simply using a clean mask every time and changing it frequently. It will not only keep you odour free but also reduce the risk of getting the virus.

3. Rinse your mouth repeatedly

Use an alcohol-free and antibacterial mouthwash to rinse your mouth two times a day this will eliminate the bad breath.

4. Maintain oral hygiene

Not just once but brush your teeth and floss twice a day followed by rinsing.

5. Scrape your tongue

While brushing, don’t ignore the tongue. Cleaning the tongue also plays a crucial role in maintaining oral hygiene because it has the ability to reduce bacteria in your mouth. And tongue scraping is the best way!

6. Avoid certain foods

Certain foods like excessive fish, eggs, garlic, onions, coffee, etc may cause your mouth to breathe badly. So, avoid such foods.

7. Immediate treatment of local mouth diseases

It is important to see a dentist every once in a while. In fact, if your bad breath does not go away then you should definitely visit a dentist.

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Don’t take your oral health for granted. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

8. Avoid certain medicines

Avoid certain medicines which you feel are producing bad breath but before doing so always consult with your doctor.

9. Avoid tobacco

Not only tobacco but avoid the consumption of smoking and alcohol as well because they can contribute to bad breath that will not go away even post brushing.

10. Limit sugar consumption

Limit your sugar consumption because sugar causes decay of teeth. And when tooth decay and cavities occur it can increase the chance of mouth odour.

So ladies, follow these tips and keep your bad mouth odour at bay!

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