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Brushing your teeth can help prevent spread of coronavirus

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London: Brushing your teeth could help prevent the spread of coronavirus, a leading dentist has said.

Martin Addy, professor at the University of Bristol said: “I wonder why experts in my field have not yet issued instructions for brushing teeth to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”

Professor Martin Addy says it has been proven that toothpaste protects against a variety of viruses and bacteria from entering the mouth.

“I would advise people to brush their teeth whenever they start going out of the house, where they are taking care of face masks and sanitizers,” he said.

Professor Martin Addy says brushing your teeth will not only reduce your risk of getting the virus through your mouth. Even, if you have the virus, you will be less likely to infect other people.

“People should keep in mind that the antimicrobial effect of toothpaste lasts for 3 to 5 hours, during which time you will have to brush your teeth again if you are out or want to go out again,” he said.

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