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A-dec ICX for infection control

ICX Waterline Treatment Tablets

Backed by four decades of infection control innovations from A‑dec, ICX waterline treatment tablets offer a simple and effective solution for waterline maintenance.


The residual effect of the tablets protects waterlines during periods of non-use (lasting up to two weeks.)

Saves time

The effervescent tablet dissolves on its own. There's no measuring, mixing, or mess.

Safe for equipment

Since the concentration of ingredients in the water remains very low, ICX won't harm your equipment.

ICX waterline treatment tablet

Easy to use

Simply add one tablet to an empty self-contained water bottle before each filling. As the tablet dissolves, it releases ingredients into the water that help maintain less than or equal to 10 colony forming units (CFU) per milliliter, preventing the accumulation of odor and foul-tasting bacteria.

As with all waterline protocols, quality results require adherence to the manufacturer's recommended process, including a periodic water quality monitoring program.

ICX features

Three active ingredients. Includes sodium percarbonate, silver nitrate, and cationic surfactants.

Simple single-dose packets. Eliminates measuring, mixing, and messy solutions.

0.7-liter and 2-liter tablets. Accommodates two water bottle sizes.

A-dec ICX waterline maintenance tablets

How long does ICX last in the water bottle or system?
Intended for use with potable water, ICX remains active in the system for up to two weeks.

What is A-dec’s recommended dental unit waterline maintenance protocol?
A-dec recommends a three-step protocol for maintaining dental unit waterlines (DUWL):

  1. Maintain waterlines with the daily use of ICX to prevent accumulation of odor and foul-tasting bacteria.
  2. Regularly monitor dental unit water quality.
  3. Shock the DUWL using an EPA-approved product if the water quality test, specified in colony forming units per milliliter (CFU/ml), exceeds the clinic’s water quality goals. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends taking action (administering a shock) at 500 CFU/ml. A-dec recommends taking action at 200 CFU/ml.

Please see A-dec’s Waterline Maintenance Guide for additional details.

Is ICX a shock product?
ICX is not a shock product. Instead, it is designed to protect waterlines from further contamination. Backed by peer-reviewed studies, ICX helps maintain less than or equal to 10 CFU/ml, preventing the accumulation of odor and foul-tasting bacteria. 

If I use ICX, do I still need to implement a shock treatment? If so, how frequently?
A-dec recommends taking action (administering a shock) when water quality test results are greater than the established action level.  Water quality should be tested after administering the shock treatment to verify that biofilm levels are below the established action level.  If they are not, repeat the shock and testing process.

Can ICX be used in patient’s mouths?
ICX has been formulated to be used in water used for dental treatment and thus may be used in a patient’s mouth.

Can ICX be used in oral surgery procedures?
ICX is not intended to be used during oral surgery which require sterile irrigating solutions and devices designed for delivering sterile irrigating fluids.