It is very interesting to learn about the role a regular dental health regime can play in combating the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. We recommend that every patient follows a regular dental hygiene regime to prevent tooth decay, gum disease as well the other health benefits it can provide.
A dental professor has urged people to brush their teeth before leaving the house in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Martin Addy, emeritus professor of dentistry at the University of Bristol, said toothpaste can reduce the chances of catching or spreading the disease through the mouth.
However, he warned that the antimicrobial effect of toothpaste only lasts from three to five hours. He therefore suggested we should all brush our teeth before going outside to ensure the effect is active should we come into contact with other people.
In a letter in The Times, Mr Addy, wrote: “Scientists, in support of mouth and nasal coverings, have emphasised the role of saliva droplets in the spread of Covid-19. It is perhaps surprising, therefore, that toothbrushing with toothpaste has not been emphasised as an effective procedure. Indeed, the antimicrobial action of toothpaste in the mouth persists for three to five hours and, thereby, would reduce the viral load in saliva or infection by viruses entering the mouth.”