The power and value of harnessing the “world’s most powerful medicine”
There have never been more products available for dentists to use; however, holistic dental practitioners like Dr. Paige Woods of Brighton Dental in San Diego, California, are selective. They only select materials and options that elevate and support patients’ oral and overall wellness. Ozone treatment complements our office’s array of safe, healthy biological approaches.
The term “ozone” is a source of confusion. Ozone is most often referred to in the context of the layer that protects the earth from harmful radiation. However, ozone, in medicine and, more specifically, dentistry, refers to its status as a time-tested medical powerhouse. First discovered in the middle of the 19th century, this colorless gas has been used as a therapy for everything from respiratory disorders to diabetes complications. So, therapeutic ozone may be new to you. But its applications in the medical world have been scrutinized and are well-established.
The “magic” of ozone
As an energized type of oxygen, ozone has the unique capacity to inhibit the growth of viruses, fungi, and bacteria; boost oxygenation to bodily tissues; and activate an immune response. Due to the antibacterial characteristics of medical-grade ozone, this therapy is a viable and welcome alternative to antibiotics’ widespread use (and growing resistance). It is also an attractive alternative to more invasive and aggressive surgical procedures to treat conditions like periodontal or gum disease.
Ozone at the dentist’s office
Dr. Woods may deliver ozone predictably and painlessly in liquid (ozonated water, oils) or gas form. Ozone is well tolerated without the use of an anesthetic. It also has a low risk of side effects and is safe for patients across a wide range of ages and those with sensitivities or allergies to other materials and products. Furthermore, medical-grade ozone has a wide range of applications at the dentist’s office, from disinfecting the teeth to preventing gum disease to treating and managing active disease. It is even appropriate for relief from canker sores and tooth sensitivity.
In fact, it is a fundamental part of our patients’ hygiene programs. We incorporate ozone into our routine, 6-month professional cleanings. It is a particularly appropriate and powerful therapy for patients with active gum disease or deeper “periodontal pockets,” those spaces that form between the teeth and gums as the disease progresses. When applied carefully to these areas and pockets, we eradicate harmful bacteria, stop the progression of the disease, and prevent further loss of supportive bone. When treated sufficiently early into the disease process, we may even be able to reverse its damaging effects!
Overall, dental ozone promotes uneventful, fast, and natural healing. To learn more about this proven therapy at the dentist’s office, call (619) 831-8559. Brighton Dental looks forward to answering your questions and providing more information about ozone and the many other holistic treatment options available at our San Diego, CA, office.