A professor of Dentistry in the UK has suggested that brushing teeth before leaving home could reduce the spread of the new ITP corona virus.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Professor Martin Addy from the University of Bristol explained that the same cleaning agents are used in toothpastes, hand sanitizers, explaining that transmission of the virus through the mouth and saliva can be prevented.
“TOOTHPASTE AND HAND SANITIZER HAVE THE SAME CHEMICALS”
“Toothpaste contains the same detergents as those found in recommended hand-washing gels, ” Addy said. The antimicrobial effect of toothpaste in the mouth continues for three to five hours and thus reduces the viral load in saliva or infection caused by viruses entering the mouth. People should therefore brush their teeth when they are about to leave their homes for work, school or shopping. The most ideal is to increase the frequency of daily brushing of teeth,” he said.
However, Professor Addy said that while everyone already needs to brush their teeth twice a day, older people who are at risk do not.
MOUTHWASH CAN BE EFFECTIVE FOR A SHORT TIME
Professor Addy also touched on the idea of using mouthwash more often to protect against Covid-19’а. He said products containing chlorhexidine could be effective because of their ‘antiviral effects’ in particular.
On the other hand, an earlier study by scientists at Korea University College of Medicine found that the effect of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) was suppressed for two hours after administration of chlorhexidine. “Mouthwashes containing’chlorhexidine ‘ are effective in reducing the viral load of the corona virus in saliva for a short period of time,” the study said.