Mouthwash ingredients effective against pneumonia pathogens
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Some active ingredients in mouthwash are effective against pneumonia-causing bacteria, according to the results of an in vitro study presented during ASM Microbe, which is being held virtually. Past research has shown that frequent dental checkups can lower a patient’s risk of pneumonia. More effective pneumonia prevention measures [are needed] not only for home care but also for medical and nursing care where labor and time are scarce. There have been some reports that oral care with the introduction of dental hygienist has reduced the incidence of pneumonia.

Karita and colleagues analyzed the effectiveness of chlorohexidine gluconate (CHG), cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) and 1,8-cineole — common active ingredients in mouthwash — against five clinically isolated bacteria strains: MRSA, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenza. They allowed the three ingredients to react with each bacteria for 10, 20, 30, and 60 seconds and subsequently counted the number of bacteria. They considered the ingredients effective if a bacterial reduction of more than 5 log10 CFU/mL was observed.

Bacterial survival rates for CPC at 60 seconds were less than 10% for all bacteria except H. influenzae, which had a survival rate of approximately 75%. Survival rates for CHG at 60 seconds were also less than 10% for all bacteria. Survival rates at 60 seconds for 1,8-cineole were approximately 10% for S. pneumoniae, 85% for MRSA, 50% for P. aeruginosa, 65% for K. pneumoniae and 8% for H. influenzae.