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Does brushing teeth help to prevent coronavirus infection?
Tonami Kenichi of the Tokyo Medical and Dental University says if we don't brush our teeth, bacteria in our mouth increases. The bacteria releases enzymes that make us more susceptible to infection. Brushing our teeth gets rid of this oral bacteria and helps prevent viral infection.
However, Tonami adds that while this is the case for the common cold, it is not yet known if it applies for the coronavirus. But he says it is a good idea to assume that brushing your teeth will help prevent infection.
The information is accurate as of June 29.