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CleanCert’s OraWize+ mouthwash minimises airborne infection risk for dental teams

By CleanCert
April 16, 2020

TISBURY, UK: CleanCert is a Wiltshire-based small to mid-sized enterprise which develops innovative dental products. The company has recently highlighted the oxidising properties of its mouthwash, suggesting that it can be used to assist front-line dental teams in minimising airborne infection risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. OraWize+ has been developed to both reduce the risk posed by aerosol-generating procedures and to assist biofilm management during general and specialist dental treatment.

While infection control is always paramount for dental practices, the current pandemic and national state of emergency has meant that awareness around effective measures of infection control and minimising airborne risk is at an all-time high and that dental teams have a vital role to play in preventing transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

OraWize+ mouthwash can be used as a preprocedural rinse or as an irrigant during endodontic, periodontal and peri-implantitis treatment. Rinsing with an effective biocidal mouthwash, especially one which is oxidising, immediately before any treatment has been shown to reduce the number of microbes found in the aerosol created by dental procedures. This suggests that OraWize+ can help patients by reducing oral microbial load and swelling post-treatment.

OraWize+ is a highly oxidising solution that physically destroys harmful microorganisms by disrupting their ribonucleic acid and consequently breaking up their cell structure. It is 99.99% effective against known pathogens and is free from alcohol, chlorhexidine and parabens. It is non-toxic and causes only mild irritation to eyes and skin. There is minimal risk of adverse effects, even if ingested.

The product’s active ingredient has also been tested against the stringent European Standard BS EN 14476, a quantitative suspension test to evaluate virucidal activity in non-enveloped viruses, such as norovirus, and more friable enveloped viruses, such as HIV, influenza viruses and coronaviruses. It achieved this with 1 minute of contact time.

Owing to the aforementioned properties, CleanCert has decided to support the national COVID-19 response by temporarily making the mouthwash/irrigant available in 5 l quantities for use as an oxidising biocidal mouthwash by dental teams offering emergency dental care. By dropping the price of the 5 l bottle by 50%, the company aims to help ease the financial burden for the NHS and those on the dental front line.

“We welcome the development of products that can be used to reduce viral load. As an adjunct to appropriate personal protective equipment, they can offer additional protection to colleagues treating patients during the pandemic,” said British Dental Association Chair Dr Mick Armstrong.

OraWize+ has been confirmed as a biocide by UK regulators, and studies from Wuhan have shown that products with oxidising properties can help effectively kill SARS-CoV-2 in the mouth and in aerosols.

More information about the product can be found here.

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