Your West Kelowna dentist, Dr. Shauna Palmer, is happy to announce that this office is now certified in and implementing ozone therapy!
The top priority of this dental team is you, the patient, which is why treatments such as ozone therapy are utilized. The best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong is to take a holistic, biological approach to oral healthcare.
If you’re wondering what ozone therapy is, if it’s safe, and why it’s used in your dentist’s office – you’re not alone. Read on to find the answers to these questions.
A Biological Approach to Dentistry: Why Your West Kelowna Dentist Utilizes Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy is a holistic way to treat various dental conditions.
Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms bonded together. That one extra atom creates a gas with negatively charged particles. Why is this important? It’s because viruses, bacteria, and fungi are positively charged. Therefore, the ozone cancels out (kills) the organisms that cause many health issues, including dental diseases.
How does ozone therapy differ from antibiotics or antifungal treatments? The main difference is the side effects. While ozone has virtually zero, pharmaceuticals can have many adverse side effects, including:
- Abdominal cramps and diarrhea
- Nausea and vomiting
- Yeast infections
- Allergic reactions (like swelling and itching)
- Liver damage (certain antifungals).
The great thing about ozone therapy is that it’s not just good for your dental health – it’s good for your overall health.
Medications, particularly antibiotics (which treat both tooth and gum infections), destroy all bacteria – good and bad. When this happens, your immune response is compromised. Additionally, a lack of sufficient healthy gut bacteria is linked to mental health conditions, like depression.
Ozone Therapy Benefits: How This Treatment Will Benefit You
Ozone treatment can be used during nearly any kind of dental procedure, including:
- Scaling and root planing (deep periodontal cleaning)
- Dental surgery
- Decay removal
- Treatment of dental infections, including tooth and gum infections.
Ozone can also help desensitize your teeth, which is something many patients struggle with these days. If you have sensitive teeth, you know how wonderful it would be to bite into some ice cream or drink a cup of ice-cold water without feeling like your teeth are receiving an electric shock.
How is ozone administered?
Dr. Shauna Palmer or your hygienist, Paige, has a chairside machine that produces the ozone. The machine has a handpiece with a syringe that administers the ozone either into your tooth or into a gum pocket.
For instance, when you receive a filling, Dr. Palmer will remove the decay. Then, they’ll administer the ozone into the tooth to ensure that they destroy all the harmful bacteria. After that, your tooth is filled.
In the past, your dentist wouldn’t know for sure if they’d been able to remove 100% of the bacteria within the tooth. They could be confident that the decay was removed – but not the bacteria that led to the decay in the first place. One of the most significant ozone therapy benefits is that the chance of recurrent decay is significantly reduced.
Why You Should Take a Holistic Approach to Your Dental Health
Why should you want to consider taking a holistic, biological approach to your health? It’s because there are so many benefits.
You don’t have to worry about harmful side effects, and dental procedures are safer and more precise. Your West Kelowna dentist, Dr. Shauna Palmer, doesn’t want to just focus on a single tooth with a single issue. They want to treat you as a whole being, which will increase your overall health and reduce your risk of future dental conditions.
Would you like to learn more about our holistic approach to dental health? Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’re happy to answer all your questions!