OraCare's Active Ingredient, Activated Chlorine Dioxide, Kills Bacteria! Xylitol also aids in the control of bacterial growth.
Activated Chlorine Dioxide is able to kill bacteria through oxidation. Oxidation in very simple terms is the loss of an electron. This loss causes an interruption in several cellular processes, begins breaking down the molecular bonds, resulting in breaking up the cell entirely. Since Chlorine Dioxide is able to kill the bacteria as a whole, very quickly, it also allows for what many scientist’s refer to as a “clean kill,” meaning that there are no left over unwanted organic compounds. Since it is so quick acting against the enzymatic function of the bacterial cell it also does not allow the bacteria to mutate to a resistant form. This allows a patient to continue to use a product containing ClO2 for a long time, with superior results.
OraCare not only has Activated Chlorine Dioxide, it also contains Xylitol, which plays an important role in starving bacteria that causes both cavities and periodontal disease. Xylitol as a sugar alcohol works similarly in the metabolism cycle in both Streptococcus mutans (cavity causing bacteria) and Porphyromonas gingivalis(periodontal disease causing bacteria). It fills the slot that is normally taken up by their food source. By blocking this sector, the metabolism is blocked entirely, and the bacterium essentially starves to death. Xylitol also has the added benefit of promoting the production of collagen. OraCare's active ingredient, Chlorine Dioxide, was tested at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry on inhibition of bacterial growth. Active Chlorine Dioxide was found to not only inhibit the growth but killed the microbes of all bacterial species tested in the MIC in vitro assay: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus mirabilis, Streptococcus mutans, Prevotella intermedia, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, Tannerella forsythia, Treponema socranskii, and Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans. In addition, Activated Chlorine Dioxide inhibited the growth of Candida albicans.
Activated Chlorine Dioxide was the first defense against Anthrax attacks.
When the news first broke in October 2001 about anthrax-contaminated letters intentionally sent through the U.S. mail, the attacks set in motion an extensive effort to destroy anthrax contamination. Despite years of experience neutralizing hazardous waste sites, cleanup operators and personnel had never encountered this type or scale of biological contamination in very public areas.
A clear solution was to use some sort of chemical agent to decontaminate the buildings that were affected. There was an obvious need for an agent that was strong enough to remove the anthrax spores and to be versatile enough to reach all spaces. Chlorine Dioxide was chosen because of it’s effectiveness against anthrax! While other chemicals were used in some different attacks, Activated Chlorine Dioxide was the primary weapon used against the anthrax spores. In 2001, this was the first time that this type of remediation was used, and is not the guideline for any additional remediation with areas that may have been contaminated with anthrax . While no one chemical, or chemical family, will ever be the only alternative, the effectiveness of Activated Chlorine Dioxide has demonstrated that chlorinated disinfectants and antimicrobials provide a critical defense against biological attacks of this type.
Activated Chlorine Dioxide is the best system for preventing Legionnaires’ Disease.
In the dental community there are certain bacteria’s that cause serious problems, one of these is Legionnaires’ Disease bacteria (legionellosis). Many dental providers think that Legionnaires’ is rare, when in reality most cases simply go undetected. Most commonly people are exposed when they breathe in a mist or vapor, both of which are common occurrences in a dental practice. Legionella live in fresh water, but only in very rare cases does it cause illness, due to preventative measures taken by water treatment systems. However, this bacteria can easily grow in man-made water sources if water is not properly maintained (dental lines, hot tubs, large air conditioning systems). Certain patients are at a higher risk, just being over the age of 50 increases your chances significantly. Legionella is typically controlled with Activated Chlorine Dioxide and is universally accepted as a very effective way to prevent Legionnaires’ Disease. ClO2 is effective against many microorganisms and is able able to disinfect with a shorter contact time. Activated Chlorine Dioxide has been successfully used for years in Europe to control Legionella in institutional water systems.
To read the full bacteria study from the University of Iowa, view the PDF below: