One of the most important problems in dentistry is infection control. The oral cavity is like an ocean full of microorganisms normally living in balance with the entire body. Under certain conditions, pathogenic (“disease causing”) micro-organisms can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what is known as infection. These pathogenic microorganisms live together to form a biofilm made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.
If we were to treat this condition with drugs, each of these “disease causing” types would likely need a different drug to eliminate its dominance. There are no effective anti-viral drugs. 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?
We do! It’s called oxygen/ozone therapy.
How does oxygen/ozone therapy work?
Oxygen/ozone, when introduced into the living system, creates what is called a “transient oxidative burst.” In fact this is what our own cells do when combating infection – they produce peroxide and ozone and “squirt” it at invaders. Taking that cue from our own physiology, we provide additional ozone. It acts safely and effectively.
A Signalling Molecule
The natural “oxidative burst” also signals the body to initiate a multitude of natural biochemical and physiologic reactions such as a better blood flow, enhanced immune response and more rapid healing response. Our supplying oxygen/ozone does the same.
How can oxygen/ozone treatment help in my dental care?
Oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in most aspects of dentistry. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone disease in which infection plays a major role. By utilizing the different application forms of oxygen/ozone such as ozonated water, ozonated oils, and placing oxygen/ozone directly onto the infected gum pockets, periodontal infection can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and their associated side effects.
Modern dentistry is all about being non-invasive or at least minimally invasive. Ozone therapy in the present stage is reducing decay activity, improving gum health, and also improving the healing time of oral diseases and wounds. Many believe and we agree that ozone therapy is bound to revolutionize the way dentistry is going to be practiced in the future.