When you think of ozone, you may think of the layer of our atmosphere that helps to protect us from the sun’s damaging UV rays. But did you know that ozone can also offer more personalized benefits? It can have significant benefits for your oral health! Dr. Craig O’Donoghue is proud to offer ozone therapy to help patients enjoy the most effective, minimally invasive treatment possible.
Ozone is a gas whose molecules are made up of three oxygen atoms. Its natural instability makes it quick to react when it is exposed to harmful bacteria. Basically, it attacks the bacteria and quickly kills it. For many years, ozone has been used as a non-chemical method for removing pathogens from fresh fruits and vegetables. It can have a similarly beneficial effect in the oral environment.
However, ozone therapy does not stop there. It also alters the oral environment so that harmful bacteria, viruses, and other dangerous cells are unable to thrive. It does so by neutralizing acidity in the mouth. Bacteria that thrive on acidic conditions thus suddenly find themselves in a hostile environment.
Many dentists who do not use ozone in their offices take a “drill and fill” approach to dental decay. Conversely, ozone is often able to treat minor cavities without the use of a drill or any filling material because it promotes remineralization of the teeth. It thus helps to preserve as much of a patient’s natural smile as possible.
Ozone may also play a role in fighting gum disease. By cleaning the area beneath the gumline with ozonated water, a dentist can fight the bacteria that it causing infection and inflammation.
Additional possible applications of ozone in dentistry include:
Ozone therapy is a holistic treatment. That means that, rather than just treating an immediate problem, it promotes the body’s overall wellness. Some of the specific benefits of ozone therapy include:
Dr. O’Donoghue places a high priority on patient safety, and he would never recommend a treatment that involved serious risks. Ozone is extremely safe, and it is suitable for patients of all ages, including young children. Although the gas kills bacteria and other harmful cells, it leaves healthy, helpful cells intact. When ozone is administered properly, it produces no side effects.
Would you like to learn more about the use of ozone therapy in dentistry? Our team will be happy to talk with you. Contact us today to ask questions or schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the healthiest smile possible!