'Mask mouth' is a new term coined during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is used in reference to the potential oral health side effects of wearing a mask for extended periods of time. It is important for dental hygienists to educate patients on this topic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted quality of life (QoL) for many people around the world. Disruptions in day to day routines can have a negative impact on oral health and potentially contribute to dentinal hypersensitivity. Identifying patients who are silent sufferers and providing solutions for sensitivity relief will have a positive influence on patients QoL.
Education on home care is an important part of the dental hygiene appointment. Helping patients choose the appropriate toothbrush is a great starting place to encourage patients to adapt and improve their home care regimens. Educating patients about the different toothbrush options available will help them make an informed decision about which brush would be best for their oral health needs.
Technology is always advancing, and there are many new power toothbrushes available to patients. Staying familiar with those advances will allow dental professionals to make the best recommendation for patients.