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Does Antiseptic Mouthwash Kill Viruses?

For those scheduled for a dentist visit where masking is not an option, concerns about viral transmission may arise. Luckily, dentists tend to take extra precautions in their offices to help patients avoid getting sick. These might include improving the air quality surrounding a patient and wearing face masks.

One additional precaution dentists make before cleaning, examining, or operating on a patient’s teeth, is to utilize a sterilizing mouthwash. While these medical-grade mouth rinses can kill bacteria and viruses upon contact, there have also been several studies that emerged during the pandemic showing the reduction and prevalence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

African American man using mouthwash.

Antimicrobial Mouthwashes in Dentistry

Dentists are at the forefront of implementing preventive measures, including antimicrobial mouthwashes. These rinses, containing antiseptic chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine gluconate, povidone-iodine, and cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), play a crucial role in reducing the number of microorganisms in liquid particles that may escape during dental procedures.

Research indicates that using mouthwash may temporarily impede the transmission of a SARS-CoV-2 infection during dental procedures. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that while clinical studies have indicated it may reduce the risk, it doesn’t eliminate it. Viruses can still be exhaled from the oral cavity and nasal cavity.

Emerging studies suggest that salivary glands and the throat are potential sites of virus transmission and replication in the early stages of COVID-19. This reinforces the idea that mouthwash could be a valuable tool in the broader effort to prevent virus spread.

Extending Protection Beyond the Dentist’s Chair

As late fall and early winter usher in the holiday season, the air is filled with festivities and the warmth of gatherings. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when viruses, including the notorious COVID-19, find their way into our lives more frequently, especially as we congregate indoors.

Taking a cue from dental practices, using antiseptic mouthwash outside the dentist’s office can be a proactive step in limiting the spread or exposure to COVID-19 and flu-like viruses. Look for mouthwashes labeled CPC for Cetylpyridinium chloride, a key ingredient known for its antiseptic properties.

Using CPC mouthwash for COVID-19 is an additional layer of protection, not the sole prevention method. It’s crucial to understand that it doesn’t guarantee immunity from contracting Covid-19 or similar airborne viruses. It should complement other preventive public health measures, including wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and maintaining proper hand hygiene.

Can You Gargle CPC Mouthwash For Covid Protection?

There are a few studies that recommend gargling CPC mouthwash for 30 seconds as a way to neutralize COVID-19 particles before or after exposure. While this practice can be an added layer of defense, frequent use may impact the mouth and gut microbiome.

Ingesting a probiotic might be recommended to counterbalance any potential disruptions, but depending on your health both of these methods need to be cleared with your doctor.

It’s wise to consult with your doctor before using CPC mouthwash for its intended purpose or as a COVID-19 protective measure.

Prioritize Your Dental Health with North Suburban Dental

Now, more than ever, safeguarding your overall health is paramount. If you have concerns about your family’s oral health or it’s time for your routine dental check-up, North Suburban Dental is here for you. Our team is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all our patients. Schedule your dental check-up today to ensure your smile stays bright and healthy.

Remember, your dental health is a crucial part of your overall well-being. Take the proactive step and prioritize it with North Suburban Dental.

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