Oxygen and Ozone in Dentistry
The Dynamic Duo
When one of my patients first saw my setup for ozonating the water in our office he asked me, “What is that setup, Dr. Frankenstein?”. I have to admit when you first see the set up it looks like a science lab and I feel like a mad scientist. But oxygen and ozone have become an essential part of state-of-the-art dental care. We use oxygen and ozone to kill bacteria, freshen bad breath, heal infected gums, treat deep cavities, whiten teeth, and avoid root canals. Ozonated water is very effective in killing bacteria and yet is safe enough to drink by the glassful. Ozone is what keeps the water that runs through our dental equipment free of the biofilm that is loaded with bacteria. We make fresh Ozonated water ever day since it has a limited shelf life. Besides running it through our dental equipment we use it to clean and disinfect deep cavities. Our dental hygienist runs it through the Cavitron Scaler in order to flush the bacteria out of the deep gum pockets which helps the gums heal. Patients with gum disease or bad breath are sent home with DioxiRinse™ a special rinse that they make fresh every time. The rinse comes in two bottles. The patient squirts an 1/8 ounce from each bottle into a small cup and then wait 30 seconds for the mix to activate. Once the mix is activated the patient rinses for 15 seconds. This freshly made oxygenating rinse is amazingly effective for controlling bacteria that cause gum disease and really works for bad breath.
What makes oxygen and ozone so effective in disinfecting waterlines and deep cavities and whitening discolored teeth? Neutrophils are the protective cells in your body. These cells fight bacteria by rapid generation and release of reactive oxygen. They create an “Oxidative Burst” which has the ability to kill bacteria and viruses by exploding the cell wall without damaging healthy cells of the body. We use oxygen and ozone in a similar way to create an “oxidative burst” which is also very powerful in attacking bad breath and whitening teeth. Ozone disinfects 3,000 times better than bleach, chlorine, or other commonly-used disinfectant chemicals, with virtually no side effects. If you have a retainer, partial or
full denture or night guard you may want to invest $50 in the NatureZone™, a home Ozone Disinfector. Ozone and UV light reach deep into porous materials to clean and disinfect and eliminate the smell created by the bacteria, viruses, molds, yeasts, and other deadly pathogens.
We are most excited… about using pure ozone/oxygen gas to treat deep cavities that reach the nerve. This allows us to avoid root canal in 80% of cavities that go into the nerve. Instead of the expense and inconvenience of a root canal it is a satisfying feeling to really help people save money and avoid the hassle of extra visits.