Say “ozone,” and lots of folks think you’re talking about the layer of the atmosphere we put a hole in years ago or maybe the ground level pollutant that can keep you inside all day when the level gets too high.
But in its pure, medical-grade form, it’s a powerful disinfectant, and because of that, it plays an important role in our office.
You can think of ozone as “super-charged oxygen.” Where the oxygen we breathe is molecules of two oxygen atoms bound together – O2 – ozone has a third atom of oxygen. This makes ozone – O3 – very unstable. That third atom easily gloms onto viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens and neutralizes them so they can be cleared from the body through its usual routes of elimination.
We use ozonated water in all of our operatories. Not only does it help control bacteria in our patients’ mouths, but it helps keep the water lines clean, as well.
Ozone can be used to treat early stage decay, stopping it in its tracks, and is extremely helpful in treating gum disease, getting rid of the bacteria that contribute to this condition – one that’s been linked to a host of other inflammatory diseases, as well, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and even some cancers.
Likewise, we use ozone in surgical procedures to help clean and disinfect surgical sites before healing. And since ozone has been shown to help spur the growth of new, healthy tissue, it supports that healing, as well.
In addition to using ozone in its gas form during dental procedures, we also have a variety of ozonated oils that you can use in their home care to support your oral health.
Simply, dental ozone is one of the most powerful and versatile tools we have. It’s safe, nontoxic, and has no side effects. It’s natural and infinitely useful.