Mask Wearing 101 From A Dental Hygienist

When I started hygiene school 17 years ago I made the decision to pursue a career where I would be required to wear a mask 8 hours a day. Although mask wearing took a while to adjust too, after many years of working in dental offices it has become second nature.

With that being said, I am not a fan of wearing masks while out in the world. Grocery shopping feels a little claustrophobic behind a mask.


Here are a few tips that might help those of you who are new to wearing masks:


  • Try a few kinds, you'll be surprised by how different materials can make a huge difference. Find the most comfortable mask for you

  • You might be allergic to your mask. If your mask is causing a rash or your skin to break out try a mask made from a different material.

  • Check out this link if your mask is hurting your ears for suggestions on how to improve that situation https://nurse.org/articles/face-mask-ear-pain-relief/

  • Stay on top of your oral hygiene! Bad breath is never good, it's especially terrible when it's your bad breath and you are trapped with it behind a mask

  • Dabbing a little essential oil in your mask can make your mask wearing experience a little more enjoyable.

  • Are your glasses fogging up? Try an anti fogging spray

  • Keep extra masks in your glove box


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