Coronavirus or COVID-19 cases are spreading across the India and it has become important to take extra precautions to prevent contracting the virus those who have recently recovered from the deadly virus.
Dentists are of the view that people who have recover from the coronavirus should immediately change their toothbrush and tongue cleaner to avoid re-infection.
Avoiding the old toothbrush will not only prevent the recovered patient from re-infection but will also save other family members who use the same washroom.
2YoDoINDIA quoted Dr Sayona Swati Das, Dentist, Cosmetic/Aesthetic Dentist, Implantologist at Emerald Dental Saying :
“If you or anyone in your family and friend circle have contracted Covid-19 and when recovered, please ensure to change your toothbrush, tongue cleaner etc.
These can harbour the virus, and it is best they are discarded,”
COVID-19 patients should change their toothbrush and tongue cleaner after 20 days of getting the first symptoms.
This is because virus or bacteria build up over time on a toothbrush, and they can cause upper respiratory tract infections.
As a prevention, we prescribe using mouthwash and betadine gargle that helps in reducing the build-up of virus/bacteria in the mouth.
If mouthwash is not available, rinsing the mouth with warm saline water also works fine.
Patients must maintain oral hygiene and brush twice a day
According to World Health Organisation (WHO)
Coronavirus spreads through tiny droplets that come out from an infected person’s mouth when they sneeze, cough, laugh, shout, talk, etc.
People can also contract the virus by touching the surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus, and touching their face, that is, eyes, nose and mouth without washing or sanitising their hands.
Toothbrush and tongue cleaner have high intensity of having these viruses and if you uses them after recovering then there is a high chance of contracting COVID-19 again and can also infect other family members.
Health experts have advised COVID-19 patients to disinfect and dry their toothbrush and tongue cleaner every time after using for safety.
WARNING : If the problem isn’t solved by lifestyle changes alone then don’t hesitate to consult a doctor as this article is for knowledge base.
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