Are Microbial Cleaners like Bio-Pure Safe for Dental Patients?

Relatively new to the world of dental evacuation cleaners, Bio-Pure is an alternative to chemical cleaners that is designed to eliminate biofilm that chemical flushing leaves behind. Although evacuation systems do not come in direct contact with patients, the fact that Bio-Pire does not use chemicals has left some dentists and hygienists wondering if the product is truly safe. Can practitioners and patients really trust a product that relies on “good” microbes to clean away harmful ones?

Safety of Microbial Cleaners

Companies that champion microbial alternatives, like Sable Industries (http://sableindustriesinc.com/) acknowledge that new products based on microbial sense will require rigorous testing and legislative approval before they are used in practice.

However, Bio-Pure’s evacuation cleaner has been safely used in practice for years, recognized as being completely safe for plants, animals, and of course people. Unlike chemical cleaners, it can be used anywhere there is organic waste and water. If the product spills, it can be easily swept or scooped up and the area washed with water.

That is not to say there are no precautions required when using the product. The product’s safety data sheet warns against allowing Bio-Pure to come into contact with the skin and eyes, as it may cause irritation on prolonged contact. As for ingestion, consumption of large dosages may product gastrointestinal disturbances, which is much less than one could expect from ingesting a similar cleaner that uses chemicals.

As for its effectiveness as a way to deal with microbes, Bio-Pure is so effective at eliminating bacteria that it only needs to be used twice a week, whereas chemical cleaners must be used at the end of each day to produce the same level of hygiene.

Why Use Microbial Cleaners?

As microbes have continuously built a resistance to chemical cleaners, dental practices have had to introduce increasingly more toxic chemicals to combat them. At the same time, there has been growing awareness among medical practitioners and the general public of the dangers of “super bugs”: microbes that resist all current means of infection control. It’s clear that cycle of ever-stronger chemicals and bugs will eventually become unsustainable.

Along with the cost savings that come with not having to use the product daily, this is one of the reasons why more dentists are using microbial cleaners like Bio-Pure.