Could a mouthwash help prevent COVID-19 transmission?
Public Health England has recently recommended that confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients should be given ‘good mouth care’ to help ‘prevent additional infection.’ 1
A new study looking at SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 causing virus) has shown laboratory efficacy of a number of mouth washes against the virus, including one containing octenidine2. The researchers concluded ‘that oral rinsing might reduce the viral load of saliva and could lower the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.’
The German working group for hygiene in dentistry (an independent group of experts) is now recommending that ‘Before treatment, the patient’s oral cavity should be rinsed with an antiviral solution. At present, solutions based on octenidine, PVP-iodine or H2O2 can be recommended for this.’
octenident® Mouthwash contains octenidine and is chlorhexidine free, making it suitable for many patients.