A natural antibiotic in periodontal treatment
Periodontal disease is a major concern for dentists. It can lead to serious heart conditions and other more general health problems. Its cause is simple—inadequate care and maintenance of the gums—and it’s a lot more common than it should be.
The build-up of bacteria between teeth can cause severe inflammation, known as gingivitis, which leads to bleeding gums and tooth decay. If that condition worsens and becomes gum disease or peritonitis, then the bacteria breaks down any connection between the tooth, the bone and the gums, and that can lead to tooth loss. Indeed, it’s considered the number one cause of tooth loss.
Yet tooth loss is just where the problems begin. Associated conditions that can result from tooth loss include poor nutrition, depression and other illnesses. Moreover, people with gum disease have an increased incidence of blood clotting and that can, in turn, increase the likelihood of heart attacks and strokes.
In our practice, we’ve found that gum disease or peritonitis is best dealt with using ozone treatment. Ozone treats gum disease biologically, not just mechanically. Periodontal disease is caused by an infection and ozone is the perfect antidote. In recent years, using ozone to treat mouth infections has become increasingly popular around the world because it is generally less invasive or dangerous than the old methods.
A patient with gum disease will need to have the pockets of infection in their mouth cleaned out. This was traditionally done with ultrasonic hand scalers. Some dentists, and periodontists might actually introduce some form of antibiotics or disinfectants inside the wound. Antibiotics are less than ideal because they encourage the development of resistant strains of bacteria and, in some cases, cause an allergic reaction in the patient. Disinfectants can also cause discomfort or a reaction.
Ozone, which occurs as an anti-bacterial agent in the body naturally, is the most effective weapon against gum infection. We apply the ozone in a water solution to sterilize the wound. The oxygenated water also helps to heal the gums after dental work and ozone acts to recalcify the teeth, making them stronger and more decay resistant in the future.
Ozone, which is related to oxygen, is obviously free from any allergic reactions— no one can be allergic to oxygen. Unlike antibiotics or pharmaceutical drugs and disinfectants, ozone does not conflict with any medications.
We would use ozone on the majority of our patients as part of our protocol, and part of our approach. Some people respond better than others. For most patients, one treatment program will restore the gums to a healthy state. The disease will be eliminated altogether. Then, they just need general maintenance, which is the normal scale and clean once every 6 months, and the home maintenance, which is extremely important as well. Occasionally we might need to repeat a treatment program, but that is the exception rather than rule.
The use of ozone has revolutionized periodontal treatment in our practice and led to happy clients with healthy gums.