Enzymatic cleaners, commonly found in dental practices, are popular because of their ability to break down soils, stains, proteins and other debris with the use of natural enzymes. But have you ever wondered why they work so well? Here are some bitesize facts about enzymes and enzymatic cleaners you may not already know:
- Enzymes are
responsible for many essential biochemical reactions in microorganisms, plants,
animals, as well as human beings, and as such are crucial to life processes.
- Enzymes are
biological catalysts. There are optimum temperatures, pH values and
combinations with other chemical ingredients at which their activity is
- Enzymes help to
speed up chemical reactions, giving them their valid reputation for being
- The 1960s saw a new
generation of enzymatic cleaners. When used in commercial laundry detergents,
the addition of enzymes increased the capability of detergent to clean clothes.
It wasn’t until much later that enzymatic detergent cleaners became available
for dental facilities.
are thousands of enzymes involved in everything from the cellular processes in our
bodies to the decomposition of our rubbish, but enzyme cleaners are made using
a few specific enzymes that break down biological substances such as fats,
oils, proteins and starches.
- When used as
part of the cleaning process, enzymes effectively reduce the need for more aggressive
chemical ingredients in instrument reprocessing, reducing the environmental
- Along with environmental
considerations there is a growing demand for cleaning products that are pH
neutral and alcohol free, as these are widely perceived as being less
aggressive both to the materials and surfaces they are cleaning, as well as to
the people that are using them.
- Dentizyme is a low
foaming, pH neutral enzymatic detergent for manual and ultrasonic instrument