Keeping dental staff healthy during the flu season

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Keeping dental staff healthy during the flu season

Curaden’s Perio plus+ regenerate mouthwash contains chlorhexidine and Citrox, which help protect against viral infections. (Image: Curaden)
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Thu. 15. February 2024

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KRIENS, Switzerland: Dental practitioners are one of the most at-risk groups during viral pandemics or flu seasons. Luckily, regularly using the Perio plus+ regenerate mouthwash from Curaden can help keep staff safer.

Typically, viruses and bacteria enter the body via the nose and mouth, contaminating their mucosa. The infection then progresses and infects organs in different parts of the body. Viral infections can happen to anyone, but dental practitioners are one of the most susceptible groups. Daily close contact with patients, regular exposure to bodily fluids and the handling of sharp instruments all greatly increase the risk of infection, especially during a viral pandemic or the yearly flu season.

How to protect the dental practice:

  • Use a proper handwashing technique.
  • Wear personal protective equipment, that is, gloves, gowns, masks and eye protection.
  • Rinse the patient’s mouth before a dental procedure.
  • Use dental dam isolation when possible.
  • Employ anti-retraction handpieces.
  • Disinfect the clinic environment, including surfaces.
  • Manage medical waste properly.

Maintaining excellent hand hygiene, wearing protective equipment and disinfecting the clinic environment are protective measures that help keep the dental practice safe. However, there is one more simple step that can help you decrease the risk of infection, kill bacteria and inhibit the entry of viruses into the system. According to a study by researchers at the University of Lyon in France, using Perio plus+ regenerate mouthwash before dental procedures significantly reduced the viral load of viral infection.

Powerful combination of ingredients that protects against infection

The same properties that help Perio plus+ regenerate fight infections in the mouth and battle bacteria that can damage enamel or threaten gingivae can also help protect against the spread of viruses. Two ingredients of Perio+ plus regenerate that help protect against viral infection stand out: chlorhexidine and Citrox.

Chlorhexidine digluconate (0.09%) has been a gold standard in oral health for over 70 years. As an antiseptic and disinfectant, it is very efficient at eliminating harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses. Citrox is a novel ingredient based on natural bioflavonoids derived from bitter orange. Bioflavonoids have been demonstrated to act against bacteria, fungi and viruses. They bind to bacteria’s receptor sites, blocking the passages that bacteria need for feeding and emptying. Unable to sustain these processes, the bacteria essentially drown and are thus killed.

Various types of bioflavonoids, such as hesperidin, naringin, caflanone and Equivir, have been shown to hamper the replication of viruses and inhibit their entry into our system. In Perio plus+ regenerate, Citrox is further combined with polylysine amino acids to create the Citrox/P formula. Combined, these two substances create a protective layer on teeth, gingivae and oral mucosa. This is an additional way in which the mouthwash acts as a protective measure to keep viral infection in the practice in check.

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