Ozone in Dentistry
What is Ozone?
Ozone is a naturally occurring gas in nature and is the result of compressed oxygen molecules. It is highly reactive and quickly reverts back to oxygen through a process called oxidation. This oxidation process promotes natural wound-healing and repair throughout our bodies. The tiny size and agility of ozone allows it to access and disperse in areas in which it is applied, like your teeth and gums. There are many oral applications such as:
- Gum and periodontal disease
- Canker sores
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Any areas of infection
- Any cut/scrape/abrasion
What does Ozone do? Can Ozone be dangerous?
In controlled environments and low dosages, ozone acts as an antiseptic without harming our own body cells. We like to use it on the tooth surface and gums during treatment to clean and promote healing and lower risks of needing root canals. Most microorganisms are destroyed by the ozone oxidation process, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It is widely used to safely sterilize common everyday things like:
- Water systems
- Bottled water
- Soda and other drinks
- Fruit and vegetable rinses
- Air purifiers
- Commercial laundry
- Swimming pools
- Spa baths
How do you use Ozone?
Ozone is administered in various safe methods. Our office prefers to utilize ozonated water, ozonated gas, and ozonated olive oil. Ozonated water makes for an effective antiseptic rinse in the mouth and on the teeth. Ozonated gas is injected in the gum tissue or puffed onto the gums and/or teeth to cleanse and promote healing. In certain cases we use the gas in the airway to scavenge unwanted microbes in the sinus cavity. Ozonated olive oil is a topical, concentrated oil that is shelf stable. The oils can last for many years in air-sealed jars. Ozonated olive oils have many at-home uses:
- Apply directly to gums and tissue that are causing discomfort
- Use during Perio Protect treatments in sensitive areas or trouble areas of periodontal disease
- Apply directly to cuts, scrapes, lesions, burns
- Apply directly to bug bites, infections
Many companies sell ozone generators and products. Unfortunately, there is no regulation and testing so safety of ozone generation and concentrations of ozone in products can vary significantly. Finding a reputable company that produces consistent concentrations of ozonated products is essential. We use and sell Longevity products since they produce very high quality, have high standards, and have shown to produce safe products for over 25 years.
What are the side effects of using Ozone?
Depending on the individual, and ability to detoxify, there can be some potential for side effects after ozone treatment. Undesirable byproducts of ozone treatment include increased cellular waste and free radicals. In order to support the body’s response and detoxification process, antioxidant consumption and hydration should be considered before and/or after ozone treatment. We recommend supplementation of extra antioxidants, such as vitamin C and glutathione (or NAC), and increasing water intake to assist with repair, healing, and excretion.
Please contact our office at Complete Health Dentistry of Sacramento for more information on ozone therapy.