Our bodies are full of sensitive ecosystems that must maintain a balance in order to stay healthy. As we age, these ecosystems are constantly exposed to threats that may disrupt this balance. The most consistent threat is bacteria and the ecosystem that is most susceptible is our mouths. Most of us harbor 250-500 species of bacteria in our mouths at any one time. Most of these are not harmful but some individuals harbor toxic or aggressive bacteria from genetics, environment or inoculation from others. We are constantly exposing it to bacteria, and without proper care, this bacteria can cause significant damage in the form of bone loss. Large amounts of bacteria become rooted in the gum and eat away at the underlying structure. This condition is classified as periodontal disease or gum disease. To prevent continued bone loss, you must fight the bacteria. The damaging effects of this bacteria can also spread to other parts of the body.
In the past five years, ozone has become a miracle molecule for many dental practices. Specifically for its antimicrobial properties. Decontamination of the mouth and gums is possible because the infection is positively charged (acidic) and the ozone is negatively charged (basic). As a result, the infection attracts the ozone gas to the area. Dentists can detect the early stages of a cavity and apply ozone to it to reverse the decay of the tooth. Ozone can also be used to prevent continued damage from periodontal disease but is done on a much broader scale. Unlike a cavity, with periodontal disease, the bacteria has spread throughout the mouth. It is cultivating deep within periodontal pockets, carious dentin and dentinal tubules that normally cannot be reached by a standard teeth cleaning from a hygienist. Antibiotic and disinfectant are also unable to reach these areas. In order to reach all the infected areas, the teeth and gum must be immersed in an environment where ozone gas can circulate throughout. This is the only way that the ozone can reach the bacteria manifesting in the soft and hard tissue. This environment is achieved with hyperbaric trays. Glove like impressions are made which are used to create these specialized trays. The trays are placed over the teeth and gums as negative pressure is applied so the ozone gas can circulate through tubing attached to the base of the trays without any leakage leading to total saturation. This also prevents breathing the gas in. This therapeutic procedure can be used after other procedures and during maintenance appointments.