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Why Do I Need a Mouthrinse before My Appointment?

June 1, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drortiz @ 1:26 am

Woman at appointment with dentist in Las Cruces.Over the last several weeks, many businesses have had to close their doors, including your dentist in Las Cruces, except to provide immediate care.  Now that you’re able to schedule routine appointments again, you’ll notice several changes your dentist has made to prevent the spread of coronavirus, like using a mouth rinse after brushing and flossing your teeth. Mouthrinse is included in your dentist’s updated safety protocols to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Can Mouthwash Kill COVID-19?

We learn more about coronavirus each day, like its response to certain ingredients used in common mouthwashes. Among the various studies being performed involves learning more about the reproduction and transmission of the virus from the throat and salivary glands. With the virus spread by the throat and mouth, it’s normal to question if mouthwash has any effect on killing coronavirus? COVID-19 is an “enveloped virus” because it has an outer lipid membrane created from the host cell where it originated.

Researchers already know several ingredients in mouthrinses can interact with the membranes of enveloped viruses, including ethanol, povidone-iodine and cetylpyridinium. Although mouthrinses can’t kill the source, it can temporarily reduce harmful pathogens in the mouth, including coronavirus.

Why Do I Need to Use a Mouthrinse?

You expect to be asked to brush and floss your teeth before your appointment, but now you can assume you’ll also be rinsing as well before interacting with your dental team. You’ll decrease bacteria and viruses in the mouth to make it safer for your dentist to perform the care you need. You’ll enjoy minty fresh breath while also doing your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Your dentist will also be doing everything they can to keep you safe. They’ve revamped their safety protocols to protect you from any cross-contamination. Besides wearing gloves and masks, they may also use face shields or plastic barriers. In addition to personal protective equipment, they’ve also changed their standards to accommodate social distancing while ensuring the office is the cleanest place you visit all day.

Enjoy Safe Dental Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

As we cope with the COVID-19 crisis, you have enough on your plate. You don’t need to worry about getting anyone sick or placing your health at risk if you need to see your dentist. You can feel confident knowing your dental team in going the extra mile to create a clean environment while you invest in a healthy smile.

About Painted Skies Dental Center

Painted Skies Dental Center is committed to delivering the highest quality of care using the latest innovations in dentistry. Dr. Ramon and Natalie Ortiz combine their qualifications and experience with the latest technology to provide the superior services your teeth and gums need. We’ve updated our safety standards to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you have any questions about our safety protocols or need to schedule an appointment, contact our office today.

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