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HOCl – Hypochlorous Acid

What is Hypochlorous acid?

Hypochlorous acid can naturally be found in the body or manufactured extrinsically in a lab.

In the body we have neutrophils which are white blood cells that are the first to arrive on site when an invading pathogen  (virus or bacteria) is detected. Neutrophils will engulf the pathogen and upon contact release a burst of chemicals including its most powerful oxidizing agent, HOCl. This kills the pathogen by tearing down the cell membranes and proteins.

Hypochlorous acid is thus a highly effective “killing” molecule and contributes immensely to our immunity.

HOCl can also be manufactured outside of the body (labs) and have proven to be an effective and intrinsically safe sanitizing agent. The single most important feature of hypochlorous acid is that it is unusually efficient in eliminating viruses.

National and international reference laboratories have proven that HOCl works very well against viruses, including norovirus and human coronaviruses.

Is the use of HOCl something new?

No, It has been used in the medical field for over a century. Before antibiotics were available, HOCl was used to irrigate and disinfect wounds in World War I.  It is now used in everyday settings including daycare centers, hospitals, and even produce sections in grocery stores.

How does HOCl kill viruses?

Hypochlorous acid carries no electrical charge while germ and virus surfaces carry a negative electrical charge.  The hypochlorous acid's lack of electrical charge allows it to efficiently penetrate the protective barriers surrounding germs and viruses ,quickly oxidizing the bacteria/virus in a matter of seconds.

Why use HOCl as a sanitizing agent?

Why make use of it in the dental practice?

With the continued spread of the coronavirus we have had to change the way we consult with our patients and have implemented a few procedures to ensure the safety of our team as well as our patients.One of those processes involves making use of a HOCl spraying procedure which ensures that we eliminate germs and viruses in the air as well as on the surface of the skin and your clothes.