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This article brought to you by Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD, of Dental Care of Canby, Canby Herald Insider Family Dentistry Expert.

Dr. Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD

Dentists spend time with theirpatient's open mouths. They have to, it's the job. Although we are in the midst of a pandemic, people still get cavities and need their teeth cleaned. How can dentists protect themselves and their patients from oral aerosols that may possibly contain the corona virus?

Dentists learned how to protect themselves during the AIDS epidemic and continue to do so during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dental Care of Canby

staff uses masks, the treatment rooms have HEPA filters that are changed often and are sprayed with disinfectant. Patients get their temperature taken and get a mouth rinse.

Mouth rinse? What is a mouth rinses and how does it help prevent COVID-19? According to a study in the JADA, or The Journal of the American Dental

Association, "... mouth rinses are a simple and highly efficacious means of reducing the virus from the oral environment for up to 45 minutes and may be a valuable tool in disease mitigation."

In a study conducted at The University of Ohio, asymptomatic, presymptomatic and postsymptomatic people were given one of four types of mouth rinses for 60 seconds. These people didn't have symptoms, were going to get symptoms or had recovered from the virus. After rinsing for 60 seconds, researchers found that their viral load decreased by 61% to 89% after 15 minutes. After 45 minutes the load was reduced from 70% to 97%. That is a significant reduction and shows that mouth rinses are effective at reducing the transmission of the COVID 19 virus.

Practice good oral hygiene, help prevent cavities, bad breath, and, possibly, Covid. Call today if you have any questions or to set an appointment to continue to provide you a Lifetime of Great Smiles.

Dental Care of Canby

333 NW 3rd Avenue

Canby, OR 97013

503-266-2705

www.DentalCareofCanby.com

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