Ozone: A Game-Changer for Oral Infection Control

March 6, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — drthomas @ 8:00 am
Diagram showing ozone molecule

When it comes to oral health, infection control is a major issue. If bacterial invaders are allowed to run rampant, they can seriously damage the teeth and gums. Plus, they can cause systemic illness as well. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Thomas is fully aware of such issues. That is why she regularly uses ozone therapy in our practice. What exactly is ozone therapy, and why is it a game-changer for oral infection control? This blog post explains.

What Is Ozone Therapy?

Ozone is a gas. Each ozone molecule has three oxygen atoms bonded together, which makes it unstable. When ozone is used in a medical or dental setting, it can create something called a transient oxidative burst, which effectively kills bacteria.

Ozone was first discovered in 1840, and it was first used to clean operating rooms just 16 years later. In the 1930s, a dentist even used it to promote wound healing after oral surgery. In the decades since then, ozone’s role in infection control has continued to evolve. Today, it is commonly used to help patients enjoy the best oral health possible.

Modern Applications of Ozone Therapy

In modern dentistry, ozone has several applications. Here at Enclave Dental, we often use it to:

  • Fight tooth decay. Ozone can sterilize teeth and promote remineralization. In the early stages of decay, it may even play a role in reversing the problem and preventing the need for a filling.
  • Promote gum health. Gum disease is shockingly common among adults in the U.S. Ozone can be used to kill harmful bacteria in the gums and help them to heal from dangerous infections.
  • Provide fresher breath. Some patients struggle with persistent bad breath due to bacterial accumulation in the mouth. Ozone can provide a fresher oral environment.
  • And more! Dr. Thomas understands the powerful antimicrobial effects of ozone, so she uses it in a variety of settings to prevent and/or fight infections that might otherwise cause a patient harm.

The Future of Ozone

Not all dentists offer ozone therapy, but due to its scientifically backed benefits, it seems like it is just a matter of time before it is widely available. Plus, there is ongoing research into how it can be used for maximum effectiveness in dental settings. We can expect the role of ozone in infection control to continue evolving in the years to come.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Preetha Thomas is an experienced holistic dentist who is proud to serve the Southlake, TX, community. Ozone therapy is one of several advanced techniques and technologies that she employs to care for the oral and overall wellness of her patients. If you would like to learn more about ozone or how the team at Enclave Dental may be able to serve you, contact us at 817-912-1218.

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