Ozone (O3) is a gas composed of three atoms of oxygen and has been used in medicine for treating a variety of illnesses including cancer, Aids, and Multiple Sclerosis. In dentistry, we are using Ozone therapy to kill bacteria, fungus, and viruses, which are often found in the mouth. This is especially exciting in light of recent discoveries regarding potentially harmful microorganisms present in the biofilm (plaque) in the oral cavity.
The two main methods we use to deliver ozone in the mouth are:
- in the form of ozone gas.
- a concentration of ozone infused into water.
Periodontal disease is one of the most common diseases in America, affecting nearly 65 million adults over age 30. Proper brushing and flossing techniques can help prevent the accumulation of tartar, which harbor harmful bacteria along the gum line.
During dental cleaning appointments, areas of gum infection or periodontal infection can be difficult to access and are irrigated with ozone to kill harmful microorganisms. This procedure will not only help to prevent periodontal disease but also the possibility of systemic health conditions related to it.
We routinely sterilize surgical sites such as extractions, implants, and cavitation (jaw bone infection sites) with ozone to promote healing and prevent future infection.
Dental Unit Water Lines
We are utilizing the same philosophy of sterilizing our dental water lines with ozone as we are using to address harmful microorganisms in the mouth. The combination of identifying specific organisms in the mouth that could be harmful and the use of ozone to help eliminate those organisms has far-reaching positive dental and health benefits for our patients.