Benefits of dental ozone therapy for your oral health in Tucson, AZ
Posted By Dr. Jeanne Anne Krizman
When you first think of ozone, the ozone layer in Earth’s atmosphere likely comes to mind. But did you know that ozone is a molecule with unique and incredible properties that also make it a powerful treatment for various diseases? In this article, Dr. Jeanne Krizman, a holistic dentist in Tucson, AZ, explains how ozone therapy works and the benefits of dental ozone for your oral health.
What is ozone, actually?
Ozone is a natural gas that is composed of three oxygen atoms which form a molecule that is negatively charged. In the Earth’s atmosphere, ozone helps protect all the living organisms on our planet from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, and it also helps to cleanse the air because it naturally combines with various pollutants in the air.
In addition to playing these important roles in our atmosphere, ozone has several beneficial properties in the human body, and it has been used in a variety of medical applications for more than 100 years. In dentistry, ozone was first used in the 1930s to disinfect wounds and foster healing after oral surgery. Ozone is produced for medical and dental applications with specialized equipment called Ozone Generators.
Benefits of dental ozone
When ozone is used in dentistry, it can play a variety of beneficial roles in the mouth, such as:
Disinfecting surgical wounds by deactivating bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and yeast to reduce the chance of infection
Restoring health to the gums by killing harmful pathogens that reside on the teeth, beneath the gum line, and in periodontal pockets
Boosting immune system function to help your body naturally defend itself from pathogens
Stimulating the body to release more oxygen to its tissues, which helps with healing and recovery
Enhancing the rate of cellular turnover for rejuvenation of tissues
Reducing inflammation and pain in the tissues of the mouth
Treating and managing dental caries in a minimally invasive way by oxidizing the acids created by bacteria and cleansing the deep pits and grooves in teeth that can harbor bacteria
Minimizing bleeding from oral procedures
Reducing sensitivity in patients whose enamel has become worn down over time
Helping reduce the time it takes for mouth ulcers or other soft tissue lesions take to heal
As you can see, patients with virtually any dental condition or undergoing any dental procedure can benefit in multiple ways from ozone therapy. Even better, it is completely natural and one of the more economical ways to achieve many of these great benefits! Ozone is the topic of current research and the many benefits of ozone therapy continue to unfold.
What to expect with ozone therapy
Even though ozone is a gas, it can be incorporated into other materials such as rinses to help treat your mouth. Dr. Krizman may suggest one or more of the following types of ozone therapy, depending on your specific needs:
Using it as an oral rinse to halt gum disease or tooth decay, disinfect the mouth prior to dental treatments
Using custom-fitted trays to facilitate absorption of the ozone over a longer period
Incorporating it into procedures such as root canals or periodontal therapies
Ozone can have negative side effects if it is inhaled, so Dr. Krizman uses special instruments and precautions to ensure that the treatment area is completely sealed before any gaseous ozone is delivered to your tissues. Your health is of utmost importance during any treatment at Tucson Biological Dentistry. Some patients are not good candidates for ozone therapy, such as women who are pregnant or people who have certain health conditions, so Dr. Krizman will ask you questions about your current medical status and history to ensure that it is a good choice for you.
Learn more in a consultation
If you have been putting off seeing the dentist due to dental anxieties or bad prior experiences, we encourage you to experience the difference in care that Dr. Krizman provides at Tucson Biological Dentistry. She uses a dental touch and holistic methods and materials that are specifically designed to minimize your pain and recovery while restoring your mouth back to health. Call our office today at (520) 326-0082 to schedule your personalized consultation and learn more about how biological dentistry can benefit you.
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