Can coronavirus be prevented by tooth brushing and mouthwash?

People brush their teeth for many reasons. To feel clean and self-confident, to have a beautiful smile, to remove bad breath, to protect against gum diseases, to ensure oral health, to prevent dental caries. We can easily add.

Brushing your teeth for 3 minutes with toothpaste and toothbrush 3 times a day, and then using an antiseptic mouthwash can reduce the risk of the Corona Virus settling in the mouth and spreading from there to the lower respiratory tract. That’s why brushing our teeth and using mouthwash, which we often neglect hastily, without leaving the house every morning, minimizes the transmission effect of the virus in possible contact with other people. Even if we wear a mask in close contact with others, we are exposed to droplets of saliva while speaking, sneezing or coughing. Even if the masks prevent the droplets that will come out of you, it cannot completely prevent the tiny virus particles that can only be seen with the electron microscope from the opposite side from getting into our mouths and noses. No mask is porous, it can easily pass through these pores with the virus. Re-breathing of carbon dioxide-rich, low-oxygen polluted air occurs in special filter masks called respirators, which provide complete isolation, and this causes shortness of breath, headache, loss of balance, palpitations and dizziness.

If we brush our teeth with a suitable toothpaste and brush for 3 minutes and then use an antiseptic mouthwash for 3 minutes before wearing a mask, we will take our precautions. Because most toothpastes contain sulphate (active surface cleaner) and sodium or magnesium lauryl sulfate as detergent. Detergents are active compounds with foaming properties. It stays active for 5-7 hours and in case of a possible virus infection, it destroys the outer lipid membrane of the virus and inactivates it, just like soaps do, eliminating its virulence. In the same way, antiseptic mouthwashes also act and prevent the virus from settling and multiplying in the epithelial tissue in the mouth and throat.

There are many mouthwashes on the market that contain chlorhexidine, povidone iode, triclosan, cetylpyridinium chloride, tea tree oil, tymol, hydrogen peroxide. All of these mouthwashes work by disrupting the binding of glycoproteins on the surface of the lipid membrane layer of the virus with receptors in the cells of the oral epithelium.

I wish you healthy days without sickness, sir.

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