Oxidation is a term that most people associate with free radicals or even smog. Oxidation, for many, is a reminder that we must guard our bodies with antioxidant-rich foods and supplementation. In the clinical setting, oxidants have been shown as exceedingly beneficial, successfully treating conditions ranging from viral infections to arthritis and chronic joint pain. Among the most powerful therapies, used for ages, is ozone. Used in the dental setting, ozone therapy provides a path towards healing.
Ozone is a natural element, formed when oxygen meets electrical energy, such as when lightning strikes or when it rains. This interaction causes oxygen atoms to restructure with a third atom (O3) temporarily. In clinical settings, ozone is created using state-of-the-art equipment that simulates lightning via an electrical charge.
Research studies on ozone have led to the discovery of various properties that make it an ideal inclusion in integrative therapies. This powerful oxidizer is capable of destroying parasites, viruses, fungi, and bacteria on contact. In comparison to chlorine, another anti-bacterial, ozone is non-toxic and far more powerful, having thousands of times more power per molecule than chlorine. This power destroys pathogenic organisms at a rate of 3,500 times more rapidly than chlorine.
So why use ozone in dentistry?
Dentists are continually battling infection, both in the hard and soft tissues of the mouth. Oral infections occur because of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, and may develop from a single organism, or a combination of various types. The problem with oral infections is that, as research shows, they are not isolated to the teeth and gums. These infections are caused by living organisms who are willing and able to travel to various other organs and tissues. The oral-systemic link is clear, and it is startling.
Holistic dental practices incorporate ozone treatments as a way to:
- Eliminate pathogens
- Restore the proper metabolism of oxygen
- Increase circulation
- Activate immune function
- Simulate the humoral antioxidant system
- Create a more friendly oral environment
Being so closely related to oxygen, ozone is admired for its safety and efficacy. Our patients can experience the benefits of ozone treatments, and can learn more by discussing this therapy with our office during their initial consultation.