Ozone treatment for gum disease is one of the least invasive treatments for gum (periodontal) disease currently available. It is also fast and can be long lasting too.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 85% of adults will suffer from some form of gum disease in their lifetime. That’s quite a statistic. Given that gum disease is avoidable and easily treatable, that number is way too high. It is one of the most common medical complications anywhere in the world. Yet it is simple to avoid and straightforward to treat if caught early enough.
Regular dental checkups, good oral hygiene and controlled use of sugary food and drink can all help keep gum disease at bay. As holistic dentists, Aesthetic Family Dentistry looks to your entire wellbeing as a whole, not just dental treatments to address a specific issue. That’s why we advocate ozone treatment for gum disease for compatible patients.
What is ozone treatment?
We tend to recognize ozone from discussions about the earth’s atmosphere. There it does an excellent job of filtering out UV light from the sun before it reaches earth. A useful property of ozone is that it kills pathogenic organisms, or bacteria. Because of this, ozone is used in medicine to sterilize equipment and in dentistry to treat gum disease.
Ozone is naturally negatively charged and is comprised of three oxygen atoms. Negatively charged atoms neutralize anything with a positive charge through oxidization. Bacteria has a positive charge on the exterior of the cell wall, so ozone naturally attacks it. Our body’s own ‘good’ bacteria contain antioxidants which repels ozone. This means ozone therapy works to neutralize ‘bad’ bacteria and leaves health bacteria alone. The perfect treatment!
The ability to kill bacteria makes ozone therapy ideal for treating periodontitis, or gum disease. Gum disease is caused by bacteria in the mouth that attacks the teeth and gums. Left unchecked, gum disease can cause local damage to bone and gum tissue. It can also have a wider effect, having been linked with more serious medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Medical grade ozone is prepared specially for dentists and is applied directly in gas form using a special tool. The equipment allows us to apply ozone directly onto the tooth and prevent it getting into your lungs or escaping into the atmosphere. It is a very effective treatment for gum disease.
As an effective, non-invasive treatment, ozone therapy can be very good for those patients who are compatible. If you would like to know whether you could benefit from ozone therapy to treat cavities, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry today at 973 627 3617 to schedule a consultation.