(541 words) February 2024.


Dental practices are a high-risk area for the spread of infection, either through environmental (surface, airborne, water) or cross-infection (human to human) risks. Dental procedures can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream, and patients with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised or vulnerable)  are at particular risk of infection. Bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms are a major cause of infection in a dental practice. The structure of these organisms into biofilm makes them difficult to treat with traditional methods1.  

Biofilms are communities of bacteria that adhere to surfaces and form a protective matrix. Biofilms can become more resistant to antibiotics2 than other antimicrobial agents, due to their heterogeneous nature. Resistance in a healthcare setting has a huge impact on the potential to spread infection.

CleanCert Hygiene’s active ingredient* is a safe and effective way to combat biofilm. It is a naturally occurring substance that is produced by white blood cells in the body and has been used in a variety of commercial and domestic products for many years. Recent techncological developments mean that is it increasingly being trusted in highly demanding human clincial environments, from pharmaceutical to medical devices products. Most recently it has been recognised as being effective in sanitizing against COVID-19 during dental procedures. The medical-grade quality of CHL’s manufacturing process (ISO13485) produces the purest forms of HOCl, with a pH balance of 7 and an extended shelf life.

Hypochlorous (HOCl) is effective against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. HOCl is highly effective against biofilms because it can penetrate the biofilm matrix and kill the bacteria within. The active ingredient also disrupts the biofilm matrix, making it more difficult for bacteria to adhere to surfaces and form new biofilms.

Cleancert Hygiene products active ingredient is effective:

  1. As a disinfectant to clean waterlines that harbour biofilms. Cleancert can be used for continual use and shock treatment and it elimiantes the main species 90% faster than other products (ISO16954)
  2. As a highly effective hard surface spray, OptiZil eliminates biofilm from surfaces with 99.9999% efficacy (6 log) in under 1 minute. It has one of the fastest Covid 19 elimination contact times (less than 30 secs).
  3. As a skin cleanser with antimicrobial action, SteriDermal is proven to be more effective alternative to alcohol-based hand disinfectant.
  4. As a rinse or mouthwash, Orawize+ protects against infection before, during and after treatment.

As an effective way to combat biofilms in the dental practice, it is non-toxic to humans and does not leave behind harmful residues. HOCl is also biodegradable and does not contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance.

HOCL is a safe and effective way to combat biofilms and a more effective and sustainable alternative to other disinfectants, such as hypochlorite, used more commonly in the dental practices.

Benefits of Cleancert Hygiene products:

  • Non-toxic to humans.
  • Safe and effective disinfectant, for both staff and patients.
  • Biodegradable and does not leave behind harmful residues.
  • Effective against a wide range of pathogens.
  • Used to treat and prevent infections.
  • Help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, including from prions.
  • Improves patient treatment outcomes.

If you are a dental practitioner looking for a safe, sustainable, and effective disinfectant, to prevent and control infection in your practice CleanCert Hygiene’s powerful disinfectants can help to protect your patients and staff.

*Hypochlorous (HOCL) is the active ingredient, an oxidising molecule, which is used in different formulations across the range.

For further info, please email: sales@cleancert-hygiene.co.uk



1 – S. Block, and B. G. Rowan. Hypochlorous Acid: A Review. Journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery. Official journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. vol. 78,9 (2020)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7315945/

2 – J. Malheiro, M. Simões. Antimicrobial resistance of biofilms in medical devices. 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-08-100382-4.00004-6