Looks like we are winning the fight against the Coronavirus. Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech announced they had developed a vaccine with 90% efficacy on the virus. Yesterday, another company, Moderna announced their own vaccine which has shown 95% efficacy. This morning, we were greeted with the news that researchers at “Cardiff University, found that mouthwashes containing 0.07% of the ingredient cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) showed “promising signs” of reducing COVID-19”.
This research which is yet to be peer-reviewed comes ahead of a clinical trial to see whether over-the-counter mouthwashes can reduce the levels of Coronavirus in saliva of patients. Also to be noted, this research was carried out “invitro” meaning outside of the body so they cannot say what the effect would be if it were carried out “invivo” inside of the body.
What is Cetylpyridinium chloride?
Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent used in over-the-counter mouthwashes/rinse to promote dental hygiene.
This chemical has antiseptic properties that are effective in killing bacteria and other micro-organisms.
CPC is recognised to be effective against plaque and gingivitis.
Apart from mouthwashes, CPC is present in a range of toothpastes, lozenges, throath sprays, breath and nasal sprays.
The question in everybody’s mind now will be, which are the CPC-containing moutthwashes on the market?
Some CPC-containing mouthwashes include;
Some of the mouthwash that contains cetylpyridinium chloride include:
- Dentyl mouthwash
- Crest pro-health multi-protection mouthwash
- Colgate Total Pro-Shield
- Sensodyne Pronamel Daily Mouthwash
- Oral-B Pro-Expert Multi Protection alcohol free mouthwash
- Colgate Plax Cool Mint
- OraCare+ Senstiive alcohol-free fluoride mouth wash
While there is still more studies to be carried out, the signs are good in the fight against this dreadful virus.