Human coronaviruses ‘inactivated’ by mouthwash, oral rinses: study

“While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, methods to reduce transmission are needed,” Meyers said in a statement. “The products we tested are readily available and often already part of people’s daily routines.” FoxNews: Human coronaviruses ‘inactivated’ by mouthwash, oral rinses: study

The study’s results were published in the Journal of Medical Virology

A new study conducted by researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine has found that a common dental item can inactivate human coronaviruses: mouthwash and oral rinses.

For the study, the results of which were published in the Journal of Medical Virology, researchers tested various oral and nasopharyngeal rinses — which included a 1% solution of baby shampoo, a neti pot, peroxide sore-mouth cleansers, and mouthwashes — to determine how well they inactivated human coronaviruses.

The baby shampoo solution, “which is often used by head and neck doctors to rinse the sinuses,” the researchers noted in a news release regarding the findings, was particularly effective; the solution inactivated “greater than 99.9% of human coronavirus after a two-minute contact time,” they said.

The mouthwash and oral rinses were also efficacious, they found: “Many inactivated greater than 99.9% of virus after only 30 seconds of contact time and some inactivated 99.99% of the virus after 30 seconds.”

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More specifically, researchers “used a test to replicate the interaction of the virus in the nasal and oral cavities with the rinses and mouthwashes,” as the nasal and oral cavities are thought to be main points of entry for human coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, better known as COVID-19. Though the researchers didn’t specifically test SARS-CoV-2 in the study, the novel virus is genetically similar to the other human coronaviruses tested, leading the researchers to hypothesize that the results would be similar.

A strain of human coronavirus was mixed with “baby shampoo solutions, various peroxide antiseptic rinses and various brands of mouthwash,” allowing the solutions to interact with the virus for different amounts of time, including 30 seconds, one minute, and two minutes. The solutions were then diluted to “prevent further virus inactivation,” they wrote.

“To measure how much virus was inactivated, the researchers placed the diluted solutions in contact with cultured human cells. They counted how many cells remained alive after a few days of exposure to the viral solution and used that number to calculate the amount of human coronavirus that was inactivated as a result of exposure to the mouthwash or oral rinse that was tested,” per the news release.

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Lead study author Craig Meyers, a distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology and obstetrics and gynecology, said the results show that the amount of virus (viral load)  in an infected person’s mouth could be reduced by using these common over-the-counter products, ultimately helping to reduce the spread of the novel virus.

“While we wait for a vaccine to be developed, methods to reduce transmission are needed,” Meyers said in a statement. “The products we tested are readily available and often already part of people’s daily routines.”

The team’s findings bolster past research that also looked at how oral rinses and mouthwashes may be able to reduce the viral load of human coronaviruses. For instance, a study published in the scientific journal Function in May also concluded that mouthwash could play a role in preventing the transmission of the novel coronavirus.

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Additionally, a more recent study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases came to a similar conclusion. Meyers said that his findings add to this research, noting that his team evaluated the solutions at longer contact times in addition to studying over-the-counter products and nasal rinses that were not evaluated in the other study.

“People who test positive for COVID-19 and return home to quarantine may possibly transmit the virus to those they live with,” said Meyers. “Certain professions including dentists and other health care workers are at a constant risk of exposure. Clinical trials are needed to determine if these products can reduce the amount of virus COVID-positive patients or those with high-risk occupations may spread while talking, coughing or sneezing. Even if the use of these solutions could reduce transmission by 50%, it would have a major impact.”

Filing Down Uneven Teeth

New Social Media Trend Involves TikTok Users Filing Down Uneven Teeth 🦷

Insider (9/16, López) reported that as part of a new do-it-yourself (DIY) trend on TikTok, “people are grinding their uneven teeth down with nail files and uploading the videos to the app.” 😱😱 Dentists are cautioning AGAINST the trend, noting it can result in permanent damage to teeth.

Insider added that dentists can determine what treatment options are available to address uneven teeth.

PLEASE call us before you pick up a file!!! We have safe and effective ways to create the smile you are looking for. 😁 #giveusacall📲 #dontdoit #weloveourpatients #smile #makeanappointment #naturalsmiledesign #oralhealtheducation

Protecting You During Your Dental Visit

For years dental offices have taken steps to protect patients and dental health care team members against disease transmission during treatment. You may see some of these measures in the waiting area and the clinic, but many take place behind the scenes. Please read this article for the ADA regarding dental visits and how dentists consider safety top priority!!

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Best way to stay healthy!!

Best way to stay healthy!! And don’t forget your daily dose of a multivitamin, extra C and vitamin D by sitting outside or going for a walk! Stay healthy B #healthy!!  We are looking forward to seeing you soon‼️ @nutrametrix #smile #weloveourpatients #drstephendeehan #oralhealth #westillcare #brushandfloss

Children Under Age Five Should Drink Mostly Milk And Water, New Guidelines Say

The New York Times (9/18, Rabin) reports that on Sept. 18, “a panel of scientists issued new nutritional guidelines for children…describing in detail what they should be allowed to drink in the first years of life.” The guidelines recommend that “for the first five years, children should drink mostly milk and water.”

CNN (9/18, Christensen) reports, “Most children under the age of five should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink” and issued by “a panel of experts with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association.” With the exception of soy milk that has been fortified, “plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends…lack key nutrition for early development, according to [the] guidelines.” In addition, “they should also avoid diet drinks, flavored milks and sugary beverages and limit how much juice they drink, the guidelines said.”

ADA Spokesperson: Vaping Can Have Similar Effect On Teeth As Cigarette Smoking

Health (8/27, O’Neill) featured information from American Dental Association spokesperson Dr. Matthew Messina in an article discussing how vaping may affect oral health. Vaping adds “heat in the mouth,” Dr. Messina says, which “changes the bacterial presence in the mouth. It dries the mouth out.” Dr. Messina adds, “[The] rate of tooth decay increases, sometimes dramatically, if we dry the mouth out.” In addition, vaping can lead to tooth discoloration because of the presence of nicotine, inflamed gum tissue, and bone loss, he says. “It’s important to stress the fact that while vaping is new and is being actively studied, we have to consider vaping and cigarette smoking relatively the same, as far as the effects on the teeth and gum tissues,” says Dr. Messina.

The AP (8/28) reported that there have been “nearly 200 reported incidents of vaping-related illnesses in 22 states,” and last week, the New York Times (8/23, Richtel, Kaplan) reported that public health officials announced the first vaping-related death. In a media statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the “death in Illinois reinforces the serious risks associated with e-cigarette products.” #oralcare #oralhealth #healthysmiles #goodhabits #healthysmilesmatter #smilemore #takecareofyourself #ada #americandentalassociation #drstephendeehan

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Toothbrush

We know and love our toothbrushes as the tools that kick plaque to the curb, help keep cavities at bay (with the help of fluoride toothpaste, of course) and freshen our breath. But what else can we learn about them? Read on for some toothbrush facts.

  1. When selecting your toothbrush, look for the ADA Seal.
    The ADA Seal of Acceptance is the gold standard for toothbrush quality. It’s how you’ll know an independent body of scientific experts, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs, evaluated your toothbrush to make sure bristles won’t fall out with normal use, the handle will stay strong and the toothbrush will help reduce your risk for cavities and gum disease.

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Kombucha Is Damaging to Your Teeth

Kombucha Is Damaging to Your Teeth

Kombucha is the wellness drink of the moment, and for good reason. The fermented tea is rich in probiotics and prebiotics, which help increase the good bacteria in the gut, improving digestion and overall health. But if you really love kombucha, sad news: it may not be as great for your teeth.

“The dominant type of bacteria in kombucha creates acetic acid,” Jeffery Sulitzer, DMD, chief clinical officer at SmileDirectClub, told POPSUGAR. “On the pH scale, white distilled vinegar tests around 2.4 pH. A properly brewed batch of kombucha may fall anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5.”

Acid is known to wear down tooth enamel, but “the acidic pH found in kombucha also allows  Read More….

What if your tooth that has been knocked out of your mouth?

Some steps in caring for a tooth that has been knocked out of your mouth include: Only pick up the tooth by the chewing surface not the root🦷; If it’s dirty,  rinse lightly with water💦. It’s important not to dry, scrub or use toothpaste or soap on the tooth also don’t wrap in any cloth👎🏻; try to place the tooth back in the socket, if you can’t, keep the tooth moist at all times by either letting it soak in a cup of milk 🥛or tucking it inside your mouth between your cheek and your gum👄; lastly, and most importantly, see a dentist as soon as possible⏳. Ideally within 30 minutes of the incident. It is possible a tooth can be saved even if it’s outside the mouth for about an hour😁. #smilecare #brokentooth #repairyoursmile #welovetohelp #drstephendeehan #smiledaily😊 #oraltips #oralhealthtips #oralhealthcare #oralcare #smilemore

Poor oral health linked to a 75% increase in liver cancer risk, new study finds

The study, by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, analyzed a large cohort of over 469,000 people in the UK, investigated the association between oral health conditions and the risk of a number of gastrointestinal cancers, including liver, colon, rectum and pancreatic cancer. Models were applied to estimate the relationship between cancer risk and self-reported oral health conditions, such as painful or bleeding gums, mouth ulcers, and loose teeth.

Whilst no significant associations were observed on the risk of the majority  and poor oral health, a substantial link was found for hepatobiliary cancer.

“Poor oral health has been associated with the risk of several chronic diseases, such as , stroke, and diabetes”, explained Dr. Haydée WT Jordão, from the Centre of Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast and lead author of the study. “However, there is inconsistent evidence on the association between poor oral health and specific types of gastrointestinal cancers, which is what our research aimed to examine.”

Read more at https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-06-poor-oral-health-linked-liver.html

Our newest dental family member

Help give a warm welcome to our newest dental family member  Gabby to our office! She will be another welcoming smile at the front desk! Gabby has 5 cats and 2 dogs “her very own zoo”. She loves spending time with her boyfriend hiking, reading and walking her dogs!

Decay restored back to health!

A common area of decay restored back to health while looking natural using #Filtek supreme by @3m products. We love using all our state of the art equipment such as our #intraoralcamera, #intraoralscanner and #digitalxrays to help keep our patients oral health in tip top shape!!