What You Need to Know About Ozone Therapy for Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is a very common problem that affects the majority of adults. However, most people with gum disease don’t realize that immediate treatment is necessary to restore their oral health and prevent tooth loss.
At Prescott Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing holistic and minimally invasive solutions like ozone therapy to treat a wide range of dental issues. Ozone therapy is a gentle, natural treatment for gum disease. Not only does it kill the bacteria that cause gum disease, it also promotes healing for inflamed, infected gums.
What Is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone, also called trioxygen, is a natural gas made up of three oxygen molecules. Ozone makes up one of the layers of our atmosphere, where it protects us from ultraviolet rays. But that’s not ozone’s only protective property—ozonated oil or water, as well as pure ozone gas can be used for a variety of dental treatments.
Applying ozone to your teeth and gums can help to reduce bacteria and speed up the natural healing process. Because it is a minimally invasive procedure, many dentists use ozone therapy to treat tooth decay, TMJ pain, pulpitis, and gum disease.
How Does Ozone Therapy Fight Gum Disease?
The bacteria that cause gum disease and other dental problems are anaerobic—this means that they thrive in low-oxygen environments. Ozone is full of oxygen, so when it is applied to the teeth and gums, it helps eliminate bacteria above and below the gum line. Ozone therapy also improves your blood circulation and immune system, which helps your body heal.
Ozone therapy can be used in several different ways to restore health to your teeth and gums. Depending on the severity of damage from gum disease, you may need one or more types of treatment.
Ozonated carrier oils like coconut or olive oil can be applied topically to the gums to reduce bacteria. They can also be used in oil pulling, which is the process of killing bacteria by swishing oil around in your mouth. Even without ozone, regular oil pulling can help improve gum health, reduce bad breath and prevent cavities.
Professional teeth cleanings are another important step in treating gum disease. Dentists can use ozonated water to flush out the plaque and bacteria dislodged during cleaning. Using ozonated water is also a good way to remove bacteria from the pockets that form between the teeth and gums during the later stages of gum disease.
Pure ozone gas can be applied directly to the teeth and gums to treat infections. The ozone gas is able to eliminate bacteria deep below the gum line. Ozone gas is also effective at treating deeply decayed teeth and halting the process of tooth decay, a common cause of gum disease.
Ozone Therapy in Prescott
If you’re interested in trying ozone therapy to treat your gum disease or tooth decay, contact Prescott Dentistry in Arizona. We offer oil, gas, and water forms of ozone for periodontal treatment. We also offer a variety of other holistic preventative services to help you keep your teeth and gums in excellent condition. Call us at 928-445-1660 today to make an appointment.