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Is Mask Mouth Ruining Your Oral Health? Elk Grove, CA
Team of doctors with medical masks.

One of the worst things is knowing that you have taken every precaution to avoid an unwanted outcome, yet it occurs despite your efforts. This is what many dental patients are experiencing throughout the United States in 2020. People with perfect dental records are visiting the dentist only to learn that they have cavities, gum recession, gingivitis, bad breath, or worse. So what is causing ideal dental patients to experience unwanted oral health concerns? Mask-wearing is putting millions of people’s oral health at risk.

A new condition has been linked to long-term mask-wearing, and it is called “mask mouth.” Without making any political statement, it is simple biology that can tell us that the mouth was not meant to be covered up for hours a day. Yet, with all of the issues that COVID-19 has brought, many people find that they must wear a mask to go to work, shop, visit the doctor, and to go other places outside their homes. While it is understandable why people are wearing masks, it is also essential to understand that mask-wearing can specifically contribute to oral health issues. At Ora Dentistry, we want to prevent mask mouth from ruining your oral health.

Here are tips to keep your mouth clean and fresh throughout the day:

  • Chew sugar-free gum. One of the most under-appreciated aspects of your oral health is saliva. Saliva is vital because it helps to rinse the teeth and gums from bacteria. A dry mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria because they easily stick to the surfaces inside your mouth. By chewing sugar-free gum, you are helping to keep your mouth moist so bacteria do not damage your teeth and gums.
  • Drink as much water as possible. Set a timer on your watch or phone for 15-minute intervals so that you will be reminded to take a few sips of water every few minutes. This water intake will help to keep your mouth moist and your body hydrated.
  • Remove your mask frequently. Step outside every hour to remove your mask for a few minutes and breathe in fresh air.
  • Brush your teeth frequently throughout the day. Keep a toothbrush and tooth paste with you at all times so that you can brush your teeth whenever possible.
  • Brush your teeth as soon as you get home. Even if you are about to sit down to dinner, please brush your teeth after wearing a mask all day.

If you must wear a mask, please take the necessary steps to protect your smile. Nasty bad breath, cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease can be prevented – but it takes effort.

Ora Dentistry with any questions or concerns regarding your oral health. We are here for you.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm