CPC Mouthwash

Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC)

  • Definition: a quaternary ammonium compound, which is present in mouthwash, is effective against bacteria, fungi, and enveloped viruses

  • Studies and Considerations:
    • "Antiviral effect of cetylpyridinium chloride in mouthwash on SARS-CoV-2" (Study. August 2022.)
    • "Efficacy of Cetylpyridinium Chloride mouthwash against SARS-CoV-2: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials" (Study. February 2023.)
      • These trials measured efficacy in lowering viral load in COVID+ individuals

  • Brands/Links to buy:
    • Biotene gentle mint ($8.99 at CVS)
      • Unknown % CPC)
      • Not vegan
      • Gentler for sensitive mouths
    • TheraBreath Healthy Mouthwash Rinse Mint ($16.79 Target)
      • 0.05% CPC
      • Vegan/not tested on animals
    • Crest Pro Health Clinical Deep Clean Mint ($7.99 at Target)
      • .1% CPC
      • Not vegan
      • Very intense mouthfeel; may affect mouth's biome if used too often