Critical facts about Ozone/Oxygen Therapy in Dentistry
One of the most complex and perplexing problems in dentistry today is infection control. The oral cavity is a sea of micro-organisms normally living in balance with the entire human body. Under certain conditions pathogenic or “disease causing micro-organisms” can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what we call infection. These pathogenic micro-organisms live together in what is called Biofilm.
The Biofilm supports a mixed type infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and even parasites. The difficulty I that each of these “disease causing” types need a different drug to eliminate its dominance. What if you had an agent that could treat and eliminate the infection and support the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effects? We do now, with Oxygen/Ozone Therapy in dentistry.
How does it work?
Oxygen/Ozone Therapy, when introduced into the living system, creates what is called a “transient oxidative burst”. The infective micro-organisms have no natural defense against this reaction, and as a result, are overstressed and die. This Oxygen/Ozone disinfects the area treated, both safely and effectively. This “oxidative burst” also includes a multitude of natural biochemical and physiological reactions. These reactions include better blood flow, enhanced immune response, and a more rapid healing response.
How Can Oxygen/Ozone Therapy help my dental care?
Staying within the accepted standard of 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 utilizing the different application forms of Ozone/Oxygen such as ozonized water, ozonized oils, and placing Ozone/Oxygen directly into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and associated site effects.
Ozone/Oxygen Therapy is also effective for reducing tooth sensitivity.
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. Historically, it was a Swiss Dentist; F.A. Fisch in the early 1900’s who introduced the concept of Oxygen/Ozone in dentistry followed by Dr. E. Payr who introduced this treatment in the medical community. Scientifically we now understand how and why Oxygen/Ozone therapies work so well. This has lead to many treatment advances in the last number of 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 an energized form of oxygen. Ozone is naturally formed by the sun and lightening 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, in addition, makes for the beautiful blue color in the sky.