Oralcare products may help reduce the spread of  COVID virus suggests Colgate Research program

 Laboratory studies conducted in partnership with RutgersNJMS, part of a Colgate research program, show that toothpaste containing zinc or stannous and mouthwash formulas with cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) neutralize the virus that causes COVID-19 by 99.9%.

The studies include clinical studies among infected people to assess the efficacy of oral care products in reducing the amount of the virus in the mouth, potentially slowing the transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the laboratory studies — the first to include toothpaste — Colgate Total and Meridol toothpaste neutralized 99.9% of the virus after two minutes of contact. Colgate Plax and Colgate Total mouthwashes were similarly effective after 30 seconds. “We’re at the early stages of our clinical investigations, but our preliminary laboratory and clinical results are very promising,” said Dr Maria Ryan, Colgate’s Chief Clinical Officer. “While brushing and rinsing are not a treatment or a way to fully protect an individual from infection, they may help to reduce transmission and slow the spread of the virus, supplementing the benefit we get from wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand washing.”

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