Another study suggests that swishing mouthwash every morning can help prevent you from Covid. Scientists in Egypt discovered that patients with poor dental health were more likely to have severe symptoms if they contracted the virus. It's the latest in a long series of studies that have linked poor dental hygiene to an increased risk of Covid, leading calls for people to brush and floss more frequently.
Covid patients with poor dental health, according to the researchers, have a high ‘viral load,' or virus particles circulating throughout the body. The more virus in a person's system, the more likely they are to become very ill. It's the latest study to point to mouthwash as a possible weapon in the fight against Covid-19.
Is mouthwash effective in preventing or reducing the severity of a Covid infection? New research suggests that keeping good oral hygiene helped Covid patients lessen their symptoms and recover faster from the virus, according to a group of cardiologists. Experts from Cairo University put the idea to the test on a sample of 86 heart disease patients from Covid. The patients' dental hygiene and the severity of their symptoms were assessed by the doctors.
Patients with improved dental hygiene had milder Covid symptoms and less inflammation in their systems, according to the findings.
Dr. Ahmed Mustafa Basuoni, the study's lead author, believes that using mouthwash could help patients avoid contracting Covid and have lesser symptoms if they do. Other healthy oral health habits, including as brushing and going to the dentist on a regular basis, he says, help in 'preventing or reducing the severity of Covid.' 'Oral tissues could operate as a reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, resulting in a high viral load in the oral cavity,' Dr Basuoni stated.
'As a result, we advocate maintaining oral health and enhancing oral hygiene practices, particularly during Covid infection,' says the study. The findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology Middle East 2021 meeting. The researchers offered no explanation for why poor oral hygiene could contribute to a more severe case of the disease.
Gum disease, for example, has been related to a number of illnesses, including heart disease and diabetes, both of which are known to make people more susceptible to the coronavirus. This isn't the first study to suggest that mouthwash can help patients avoid getting a dangerous Covid infection. Experts believe that ingredients in mouthwash impair the virus's fatty (lipid) membrane, preventing it from infecting individuals.
Researchers from Cardiff University discovered that mouthwashes containing cetypyridinium chloride destroyed the virus in 30 seconds last November. These research, however, have been dismissed by the World Health Organization and mouthwash manufacturers such as Listerine.
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