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Mouthwash and Virus Safety

Will using mouthwash keep you safe from COVID-19?

The coronavirus pandemic has many people on edge. Daily reports inundate our media feeds. Some ideas about the coronavirus are outright fabrications. For example, early in the situation some sources stated that gargling with mouthwash is a way to prevent coronavirus infection. Although the Placerville Dental Group believes that mouthwash can be useful for many things, and even provides it in prescription strength for certain oral problems, will it really protect you from COVID-19?

Get Facts from Reliable Sources

The Placerville Dental Group wants you to know that using mouthwash as directed does help maintain your oral health. We offer prescription strength mouthwashes to control gum disease or relieve dry mouth. Many over-the-counter mouthwashes come with fluoride to assist in the remineralization process, improving the enamel of your teeth. Some doctors rightfully recommend gargling warm salt water to relieve symptoms of the common cold. And you likely appreciate the fresh, clean feeling after a proper swishing with mouthwash.

A recent study from Stanford University focused on misconceptions developed during the current pandemic. Inspired by the Myth busters page on the World Health Organization (WHO) website, Dr. Pascal Geldsetzer conducted a 22-question online survey to gauge common perceptions and misconceptions about the coronavirus. Among these was the idea that gargling with mouthwash prevents coronavirus infection. Unfortunately, this idea is untrue. Gargling with mouthwash does not prevent COVID-19 infection.

Stick with the Facts

The best way to prevent COVID-19 infection is to follow the primary advice from health agencies like WHO and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including the following measures:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer frequently if available;
  • Practice social distancing;
  • Wear a mask in public areas or when you are in the presence of others;
  • Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing;
  • Keep unwashed hands away from your face;
  • Stay at home as much as possible;
  • Regularly sanitize commonly used surfaces like doorknobs, countertops and faucets.

The Placerville Dental Group is using all of these practices to provide a safe, clean environment for your essential dental needs. Visit mouthhealthy.org for a breakdown on urgent dental procedures. If you have more questions or would like further information, please call us or use our contact page to ask your question privately online.

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