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Ozone and Oxygen Therapy
Imagine if you will, that you or your child visits the dentist and upon examination he finds a cavity. Then, without the use of injections, drilling, fillings or anything that could cause pain, he sprays ozone across the tooth for 60 seconds and sends you on your way. A simple procedure, but just like that, the infective process of decay is reversed, and by natural processes the tooth heals itself and hardens against future infections. Sounds a lot like science fiction, doesn’t it? Amazingly, there are over 1,000 research papers to support the use of ozone gas, ozonated water and ozonated olive oil.
What is this innovation? It’s called Ozone/Oxygen Therapy. Ozone is a naturally occurring molecule consisting of three atoms of oxygen (O3) instead of two (O2). With early detection of cavities made possible by the use of our laser detection device and followed by treatment with ozone gas, we can prevent years of lengthy and costly dental visits, with the added bonus of being painless! Another benefit of ozone dentistry is that we can preserve so much of the healthy part of the tooth and thus save more teeth.
The Bigger Picture
It is always fascinating to me to discuss what is old and what is new. There is nothing new here. Ozone has been used in medicine, dentistry and water treatment facilities for over one hundred years. In fact, for the last 50 years, ozone dental treatment has been used on over 50 million people worldwide with very few side effects, unlike prescription drugs that send 1.4 million Americans to the hospital each year.
Ozone dentistry may someday be a routine procedure in all dental practices because of its numerous uses and benefits – if the pharmaceutical lobbyists allow it. First, as mentioned above, is the reversal of tooth decay. We also use it to sterilize the canals during root canal treatment, to sterilize the water lines, to disinfect gum tissues during teeth cleanings, to stop sensitivity in teeth, as a mouth rinse and even as a treatment for cold sores and skin infections.
In addition to treatment, ozone also offers a significant improvement in our sterilization process. Ozone kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi hundreds of times more effectively than chlorine bleach and does it thousands of times faster. Perhaps that is why our own bodies produce ozone to fight infections. These bugs have no defense mechanism against ozone, whereas most of our own tissues actually like the oxygenating bath of ozone.
Perhaps you have heard or read about Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease? It is the name for mad cow disease when found in humans. The prions, which cause this disease, are a simple chain of amino acids that cannot be killed by traditional sterilization methods, by heat, cold or bleach. The germs literally stick to stainless steel and carbide instruments. Because of their tenacity to stick, dentists practicing in the UK cannot use a steel instrument twice because it is estimated that one in 500 people living in the UK now carry this infective bug! What can kill or break apart this amino acid sequence? Soaking the instrument for a few minutes in ozonated water eradicates the prion.
You may ask: Why haven’t we used this before now? If it has been used in the Soviet Union for 50 years, in Cuba for 90 years, and has been available all over Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa, why not here? The answer is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Treatment with ozone predates the formation of the FDA, so this method of treatment was grandfathered in, but not the ozone-making machines. We finally have an ozone-making machine that is FDA-approved!
This isn’t a cure-all solution to your dental needs, but we are excited about all of the applications of this revolutionary treatment tool and the savings we can offer you as a result. Better, longer lasting results at lower cost makes us thrilled to be a part of such a significant advancement in dental services.
Ozone is more than just a keyword in environmental circles. Today, it is becoming a frequent topic among medical practitioners and dental professionals. And for good reason. This latest innovation in the medical and dental field harnesses the power of ozone to tackle a myriad of conditions ranging from diabetes to dental infections. The far-reaching possibilities of ozone therapy are almost like a miracle, and to conventional medicine, this premise may appear to be straight out of science fiction.
A Brief Historical Background
Even before it became a hot-button issue among environmentalists, scientists have been conducting research on the therapeutic qualities of ozone. Discovered by German chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein in 1840, ozone is a naturally-occurring gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is colorless with a sharp odor, and it mainly functions in the atmosphere to prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the earth. Its role is so vital that damage in the ozone layer has impacts on all living beings.
Apart from this crucial function, however, scientists also realized that ozone has high-oxidizing and antibacterial properties. Interest in it grew, and many, including the famous inventor Nikola Tesla, believed in it and explored its potential.
Since then, ozone has been used to disinfect drinking water, treat wounds and counteract diseases. However, a high concentration of ozone is toxic and special techniques had to be developed to manage and utilize its properties.
Medical and Dental Use
Application and procedures somewhat differ, but ozone therapy essentially operates on the same principle in both medical and dental use: administering more oxygen to cells to combat pathogens and boost cell repair.
Since aggressive microorganisms in the body cannot tolerate high levels of oxygen, a significant stream of pure oxygen can destroy the pathogens and protect cells from further damage while also aiding in its recuperation. Advocates of minimally invasive or non-invasive and non-toxic treatments will find ozone therapy as the perfect alternative to chemicals and intrusive procedures usually dispensed by orthodox medicine.
The oral cavity is a delicate miniature system and a slight increase in bacteria can disrupt its balance, causing oral health problems. Ozone therapy corrects this by targeting harmful bacteria but without the use of intrusive procedures and without leaving toxic traces.
Ozone therapy is already being utilized in countries such as Germany, Cuba and Russia, but much of the international community is still in the dark about its benefits. Recently, a group of ozone therapy supporters visited the Philippines and endorsed its use. Safe and practical, the country and our citizens can benefit from knowing more about this technology.
Future in Dentistry
Dr. Phil Mollica, who introduced Dr. Boyajian to Ozone/Oxygen therapy, is the president and a professor at the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. He identifies on his website, Ozone for Dentistry, two vital roles ozone therapy plays in dentistry.
First, for prevention and protection, ozonated water can be a pre-treatment rinse for patients. The use of ozonated water for equipment also keeps the environment sterilized and prevents infection caused by aerial contaminants brought about by high-speed drilling. And second, for controlling infection, ozonated water and gas can penetrate infected areas and other pockets that antibiotics or disinfectants cannot reach. After a series of treatments and check-ups, the dentist can then proceed with the proper course of action for remedying the patient’s tooth.
Likewise, PubMed’s Strategic Review of Ozone Therapy in Dentistry concluded that the procedure is more economical as it “lessens the treatment time with an immense deal of variation and it eradicates the bacterial count more specifically”
Since the science behind ozone therapy may appear like mumbo-jumbo, continuous study and research are still being done on the validity of this treatment. However, results have remained consistent and showed reliability in treating infections with minimal to no side effects. In addition to further research, exploring controls and mechanisms in ozone therapy application could help move the treatment into mainstream medicine.
As the fields of medicine and dentistry are shifting towards non-toxic and minimally or non-invasive procedures, more dental professionals will look into ozone therapy and discover its many benefits to patients and their practice.
We invite you to call today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Boyajian, one of Beverly Hills’ premier cosmetic, general and holistic dentists. It would be our pleasure to serve you.