CleanCert Ltd highlights oxidising properties of its OraWize+ mouthwash to minimise airborne infection risk for dental teams
CleanCert Ltd, a Wiltshire-based SME, which develops innovative dental products, is highlighting the oxidising properties of its mouthwash, OraWize+, to assist front-line dental teams in minimising airborne infection risk during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The unique mouthwash has been developed to both reduce the risk posed by aerosol generating procedures as well as to assist biofilm management during general and specialist dental treatment.
It can be used as a preprocedural rinse, as well as an irrigant during endodontic, periodontal and peri-implantitis treatment, and for post-treatment care by patients to reduce oral microbial load and hence reduce swelling.
While infection control is paramount for dental practices at all times, the current pandemic and national state of emergency has meant that awareness around effective measures of infection control and minimising airborne risk are at an all-time high and that dental teams have a vital role to play in preventing transmission *1
Rinsing with an effective biocidal mouthwash immediately prior to any treatment has been shown to reduce the number of microbes found in the aerosol created by dental procedures *1 with a recent study suggesting that an oxidising mouthwash would be more effective. *2
OraWize+ is a highly oxidising solution that physically destroys harmful micro-organisms, by disrupting their RNA (like DNA) which in turn kills their cell structure. It is 99.9999% effective against known pathogens and is also free from alcohol, chlorhexidine and parabens, is non-toxic and has a very low order irritant in eyes, skin and even with ingestion, so the risk is minimised if the patient accidentally swallows it.
OraWize+ oxidising mouthwash has been confirmed as a biocide by UK regulators. A biocide is defined in European legislation as a “chemical substance or microorganism intended to destroy, deter, render harmless, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism”.
It has a highly effective oxidising action: this property has been shown in studies from Wuhan to be required for the effective killing of coronavirus in the mouth and in aerosols. *2
The product’s active ingredient has also been tested against the stringent BS EN 14476, which is a quantitative suspension test to evaluate virucidal activity in non-enveloped viruses such as norovirus and more friable enveloped viruses such as HIV, influenza and coronaviruses. *3 It achieved this with a one-minute contact time.
Because of these properties, CleanCert has decided to support the national Covid-19 response by temporarily making the mouthwash irrigant available in 5l quantities for use as an oxidising biocidal mouthwash by dental teams offering emergency dental care. *4 And by cutting the 5L bottle price in half, it aims to help ease the financial burden for the NHS and those on the dental frontline.
Mick Armstrong, BDA Chair, said, “We welcome the development of products that can be used to reduce viral load. As an adjunct to appropriate PPE, they can offer additional protection to colleagues treating patients during the pandemic.”
OraWize+ is available from the following distributors:
- Denka UK: www.denkauk.com
- 360 Dental www.360-dental.co.uk
- Trigiene Dental www.trigiene.co.uk
- The Dental Directory https://www.dental-directory.co.uk/
OraWize+ is normally available in 250ml, 1L and 5L.
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References and notes to editors
- A Mainnemare, B Megarbane, A Soueidan, A Daniel, IL Chapple. Hypochlorous acid and taurine-N-monochloramine in periodontal diseases. J Dent Res, 83 (2004), pp. 823-831
- The Guideline for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (the 5th edition) released by the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China, suggested that chlorhexidine, which is commonly used in dental practice, may not be effective at killing SARS-CoV-2 (aka 2019-nCoV), the virus that causes COVID-19. However, this virus is vulnerable to oxidation and therefore an oxidising mouthwash is recommended – Xian Peng, Xin Xu, Yuqing Li, Lei Cheng, Xuedong Zhou, Biao Ren. Transmission routes of 2019-nCoV and controls in dental practice International Journal of Oral Science (2020)12:9
- These measures should only be used in addition to the PHE advice regarding the safe use of PPE when treating confirmed or suspected cases of Covid-19 https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachmentdata/file/874411/WhentousefacemaskorFFP3.pdf