frequently asked questions
Our foundational formula of Peracetic Acid, Hydrogen Peroxide and proprietary organic additives is special because it kills like bleach….yet, is as safe as water.
Kills Like Bleach: Twenty-Seven (27) Biological Efficacy studies on our foundational formula, performed by outside laboratories reveal:
Full Kill (> 6 Log Kill) of bacteria, viruses, spores and fungi
Fast Kill – 30 seconds to 4 minutes depending on the pathogen and concentration
We are not aware of any other EPA registered disinfectant that outperforms this kill rate
Safe as Water: Our formulation breaks down on its own into air and water.
No toxic ingredients
No residue of any kind
No special Personal Protection Equipment, handing or storage necessary
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses logarithmic (Log) reduction as its standard to quantify disinfection.
Each “Log Kill” represents a 10-fold reduction in pathogen burden.
The number of Log’s Killed is also show in the number of “9’s” in the percentage kill. For example:
1 Log = 90% reduction
2 Log = 99% reduction
3 Log = 99.9% reduction
4 log = 99.99% reduction
5 Log = 99.999% reduction
6 Log = 99.9999% reduction
Armis Biopharma® has one mission: Defeat pathogens without introducing toxic chemicals to improve health and well being.
ArmiGard™ is clinical grade science.
As such, we have chosen to place our technology in the hands of dental professionals because they are in the best position to:
Understand the pathogens on surfaces and in the oral cavity (and their implications)
Understand the materials used for dentures, night guards, clear aligners etc.
Understand Armis technology and its advantages (efficacy & safety)
Educate patients and put them in the best position to make healthcare choices
Armis Biopharma® has sponsored (27) Biological Efficacy and (19) Safety studies on its foundational formula of peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and proprietary ingredients. These studies were all performed by outside testing agencies.
In order to make a specific EPA claim of Kill rate and time to kill for a particular pathogen, each and every pathogen must be tested under GLP standards and submitted to the EPA for consideration.
Ideally, every manufacturer would test their product(s) against every known pathogen under GLP standards and submit to the EPA…then (and only then) can the manufacture make EPA claims for that pathogen. Unfortunately, this is cost prohibitive. To give an example, Armis Armis Biopharma® recently sponsored GLP testing of (5) pathogens for which we want to make EPA claims. The cost for just these 5 pathogens was $250,000.
Our approach is to pay for GLP testing and make EPA claims for well known pathogens that clinicians understand are indicative of our efficacy without gaining GLP standards testing for all pathogens.
When new pathogens arise or when the clinical community requests it…we repeat the testing we have already done through outside laboratories using the more expensive GLP standard and submit to the EPA.
Pathogens are all around us. Some are beneficial and others are harmful to health and well being.
Epidemiological professionals describe harmful pathogens resulting in infections as “the chain of infection.” In other words, each link in the chain analogy can contribute to creating a resulting infection.
In the world of oral appliances (dentures, aligners, retainers, mouthguards etc.), the chain of infection consists of harmful pathogens:
On surfaces (countertops, tables, trays, oral appliance containers etc.)
On your hands
On your oral appliance
Armis Biopharma® Biopharma provides a solution to break the chain of infection in the oral appliance arena.
- ArmiGard™ for the oral appliance
- ArmiClenz® for surfaces
- ArmiCare® for hands
Fortunately, there are many effective options to kill pathogens.
Unfortunately, many of the most effective options use harmful or toxic chemicals to kill pathogens. This is not to say alcohol, chlorine, and quaternary ammonium-based products are bad. When used as directed, all of these can be effective pathogen killers and used safely.
Armis Armis Biopharma® evaluated numerous active ingredients in its quest to fulfill its mission of fast, convenient pathogen kill safely. We chose peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide (along with non-toxic proprietary ingredients) for its unsurpassed efficacy and safety.
Armis speaks of ArmiGard™ as being safe and environmentally friendly because the following are true:
No toxic ingredients
No toxic residue
No residue of any kind
Breaks down on its own in air and water
No special personal protection equipment required
No special handling or storage instructions
No special disposal required
Will not harm hard surfaces, plastics, rubber or materials used in dentures or other oral appliances
No links to potential birth defects
Unlike traditional Oral Hygiene Instructions which have included toothpaste, toothbrush, effovescence tablets and various chemicals.
ArmiGardTM contains no:
Bleach – Chlorine
While ArmiGardTM will effectively clean and remove stains it will not discolor, scratch or weaken any oral appliance.
ArmiGard™ can be used on any hard surface.
Here is a list of common uses reported by clinicians and their patients:
Water bottles and their caps/straws
Swim Masks, Snorkels
Sinus Irrigation Systems
Gym Bag/Sports Equipment Bags
Hockey Gloves/Lacrosse Gloves
Breast Pump Systems