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Needville Family Dentistry

COVID Prevention Using Xylitol

August 30, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Kathryn Davis
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Dental offices are on the front line of disease control. As such, Needville Family Dentistry is continuously searching for ways to help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Our practice uses a pre-rinse as part of standard procedure to reduce the airborne transfer of the virus.

Safety at the Dentist

Good practices like social distancing and wearing a mask are impossible for our patients at the dentist's office. The dentist will look in your mouth and spend a significant amount of time right next to you.

We must keep dentistry available and safe and find other ways to help prevent the transfer of COVID-19. Recent research on the virus has demonstrated that xylitol nasal sprays are another excellent option for reducing the airborne spread of COVID-19. 

The most consistent threat of transfer in the COVID-19 pandemic is breathing when particles are sent airborne and inhaled by another person. Breathing in viral particles allows the virus to take root in the oropharynx, and the higher the concentration of virus particles inhaled, the worse the infection will be.

As dentists working directly with our patients' mouths, we want to ensure that both the patient and the dentist are at the lowest risk for transfer possible because they are so close together. When our patients arrive for their dental visits, we have them use a preprocedural rinse to help protect against the transfer of the virus. 

Now, we are finding new information showing that using a nasal spray containing xylitol reduces viral particles in the nose and oropharynx. We have come to know xylitol as an ingredient that helps prevent cavities. We recommend our patients use gum that contains xylitol multiple times a day to reduce early biofilm colonizers in the mouth. Xylitol will also help protect patients and the dental providers who have close contact with the patient.

How to Use Xylitol Nose Spray to Reduce Transfer

Studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is affected by the ingredients in xylitol nasal spray. We ask our patients to be more mindful before their appointments by disinfecting their noses for a few days before an appointment. 

To dose xylitol, spray in each nostril twice before bed and twice again in the morning when you wake up. The studies suggest the nose spray's effectiveness (particularly Xlear xylitol nasal spray) use this dose. The studies found that xylitol nasal spray makes it difficult for viruses like COVID-19 to attach to cell walls of key areas in your throat and nasal cavity.

As a bonus, with allergy and flu season arriving, using the xylitol nasal spray can help you breathe through your nose easier. Xylitol nasal spray has many benefits and very few, if any, adverse side effects. Ask for samples at your next dental visit, or find a bottle at your local pharmacy or grocery store and give it a try! 

Your Needville Family Dentistry

Our dental office is committed to keeping our patients and staff safe from COVID-19 while continuing to provide the highest quality dental care that we are known for if you need to schedule an appointment to visit a Needville Tx dentist.

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