One of the most perplexing problems in modern dentistry is infection control. The oral cavity is a sea of microorganisms normally living in balance with the entire human body. Under certain conditions pathogenic or “disease-causing” microorganisms can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what we call infection.
These pathogenic microorganisms live together in what is called a biofilm. This biofilm supports a mixed type of infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites. The difficulty is that each of these “disease-causing” types needs a different drug to eliminate its dominance.
What if we had an agent that could treat and eliminate the infection and, in addition, support the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effects? With oxygen/ozone therapy for dentistry, we now have such a solution.
How Does Oxygen/Ozone Therapy Work?
When oxygen/ozone is introduced into the living system, it creates what is called a “transient oxidative burst.” The infective microorganisms have no natural defense against this reaction, and as a result, are overstressed and die.
Thus, oxygen/ozone disinfects the area treated, both safely and effectively. This “oxidative burst” also induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiological reactions. These reactions include better blood flow, enhanced immune response, and rapid healing response.
How Can Oxygen/Ozone Help in My Dental Care?
With proper application, oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in all aspects of dentistry. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone infection. By using ozonated water, ozonated oils, and placing oxygen/ozone directly into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
Another area of concern is infected root canals. Oxygen/ozone therapy sterilizes all aspects of the tooth, even into the smallest canals and tubules. This allows for a truly biologic root canal and thus aids in retention of your natural teeth.
Tooth decay or caries, which is really a “tooth infection,” can be arrested almost immediately upon proper exposure to oxygen/ozone therapy. This procedure is especially useful when treating children, as minimal to no drilling of the tooth is necessary.
Is There Any Science to Support Oxygen/Ozone Therapy?
The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. We now understand how and why oxygen/ozone therapies work so well. This has led to many treatment advances in recent years, especially in dentistry. Recently, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology reviewed and accepted Oxygen/Ozone in Dentistry as scientifically valid.
Can I Be Allergic to Oxygen/Ozone?
No, it is impossible to be allergic to oxygen/ozone. Ozone is just an energized form of oxygen. Ozone is naturally formed by the sun and lightning in storms. Without the ozone layer high in the atmosphere, life could not exist on our planet. Ozone actually filters out the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and, in addition, makes for that beautiful blue color in the sky.
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