Ozone therapy is a safe and effective treatment used for periodontal disease, tooth whitening, and several other dental procedures. These treatments are well-tested and have shown themselves to be a very effective way to treat and prevent oral infections. But how, exactly, does it work?
First, A Little History
A lot of people have never heard of ozone therapy, and immediately classify it as some “new wave” kind of thing. But the truth of the matter is that people have been using and studying the effective of ozone in medical situations for more than 150 years.
Ozone’s uses have been documented over the decades. It was first employed as a way to disinfect and sterilize surgical tools and rooms, but it has since been used to treat infections, diseases, and wounds. In general, though, using ozone in medical situations is based on a few simple principles.
So How Does It Work?
In order to really get into the mechanisms of how ozone therapy works, it usually requires a lot of scientific words and statistics that we really won’t get into here. (But you can check out a full description here.) However, the basics are pretty straightforward.
The bacteria and microorganisms on your teeth try to hide away where they can do the most damage, but using ozone correctly will directly attack these microbes in very specific ways.
First, it disrupts the integrity of the bacterial cells. Ozone also damages viruses and makes it so they can’t reproduce normally. Then, the weak enzyme coatings on cells that would usually make them vulnerable to viruses can be oxidized, which means that those weak elements can be eliminated from the body and replaced with healthy cells.
Ozone therapy will also stimulate oxygen metabolism. This means that the patient will experience an increase in red blood cell glycolysis rate, which basically means that there will also be an increase of the amount of oxygen released into the tissues of the body. This will also stimulate the production of enzymes which hunt down the free radicals in your body and then act as cell wall protectors. In a way, this means that we’re not just treating your mouth. We’re treating your overall health and wellness.
This process can also impact your natural immune system. When ozone is administered in the right concentration, it increases the production of, well, a number of element in the body with very long names that improve your immune responses (check out the above link for more of the long names).
Ozone Dental Treatments
There are three common ways that ozone can be applied as a dental treatment. The first is ozonated water, the second is ozonated olive oil, and, of course, it can also be applied as oxygen/ozone gas.
Water and olive oil both have the ability to grab onto the ozone and then release it when it is applied to the teeth. The gas requires a little more control.
There are, of course, several clinical applications of ozone/oxygen that we do in the office. These treatments include:
- Preventing cavities
- Managing tooth sensitivity
- Treating gum disease
- Removing biofilm
- Controlling bad breath
- Whitening teeth
- Infection control
- And more
Ozone therapy is designed to be a painless way to get the dental care you need while improving your own ability to heal up after the treatment. We’ll work with you to determine if this is the best option for your overall oral health.