What is ozone, really?
There is a misconception that ozone equals pollution and that it is harmful. In fact, ozone is no more than a transient derivative of oxygen. It occurs naturally in the environment and actually cleanses the atmosphere of pollutants. Through more than 150 years of study, researchers, physicians, and dentists have discovered the power of ozone in the clinical setting. Today, this oxidant is routinely used in the therapeutic treatment of conditions such as oral infections, acne, AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.
Why ozone makes sense for dentistry
As an oxidant, ozone has the power to destroy parasites, viruses, fungi, and bacteria safely, as these pathogens have very few antioxidant enzymes to protect their cell membranes. When ozone contacts these abnormal cells, oxidation occurs immediately, leading to rupture and subsequent cell death. Only unhealthy cells lack the antioxidant enzymes to protect them. What this means to you is that ozone will not harm healthy cells, but will destroy diseased cells.
We believe in helping our patients regain comfort but we also want to address the conditions that may affect oral health as a whole. We are pleased to use ozone in a number of treatments, both preventively and therapeutically.
- Ozonated water may be used as a pre-treatment disinfectant rinse.
- Ozonated water or a mixture of oxygen/ozone gas may be incorporated into treatment to eliminate existing infection. It is a wonderful tool for the treatment of gum disease, cavities, and more.