The field of dentistry is still far from the non-invasive medical technology of Star Trek but it is getting there. As more dental professionals are realizing the value of non-invasive and non-toxic treatment, researchers and dentists are coming up with non-intrusive treatments and strategies.
Ozone Therapy Treatment
One form of treatment that is gaining a lot of interest is Ozone Therapy Treatment. Widely practiced in Europe, Ozone Therapy is used to treat and manage a wide range of medical conditions. In large quantities, ozone can be harmful but if handled properly and applied on selected areas, this technology is extremely beneficial.
As ozone is nature’s way of clearing the atmosphere, medicine has taken of advantage of this and harnessed it to encourage the production of naturally occurring antioxidants in the body. While this form of treatment is common for managing heart disease or cancer, in dentistry, Ozone Therapy Treatment is utilized to address small portions of decay.
Non-invasive and non-toxic, Ozone Therapy Treatment sterilizes infected areas without the use of drills or any other harmful and painful methods of getting into the affected tooth. The treatment penetrates infected areas killing harmful bacteria in the process and protecting the tooth from further damage.
Carol Van Stoep, dental hygienist and author of the book, “Mouth Matters”, states that Ozone Therapy is more effective in re-mineralizing teeth as fluoride can be damaging. “While making the enamel denser, it also makes it more brittle by destroying the surface crystal matrix that helps protect the tooth. It's a very similar process as osteoporosis drugs that make your bones denser but more brittle...” she maintains.
Non-invasive dental procedures are still in its early stages but Ozone Therapy shows promise. In the Philippines, Total Body Dentistry is one of the few dental clinics in the country to have Ozone Therapy Treatment. True to its commitment of promoting non-toxic and non-harmful treatments, Dr Lillian Lasaten-Ebuen took and passed a rigorous course on Ozone Therapy Treatment last year.
We often hear that an ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure. It may be an old adage but it is sound good advice. This is especially true when it comes to taking care of our teeth. Preventing the onset of cavities and gum disease through proper oral health care or proper nutrition is worth a lot more than sophisticated treatments and space age technology.
Thus, Total Body Dentistry is pleased to hear that recently, the Department of Health (DOH) awarded the cities of Marikina and Muntinlupa for their excellent programmes on oral health awareness and having the least incidence of caries among pre-school children.
Pre-School Children and Tooth Decay
The DOH further stated that the Philippines has a high prevalence of tooth problems and is sorely behind other countries when it comes to oral health care. DOH Undersecretary for Oral Health Programmes, Teodoro Herbosa, stated that cities and municipalities with active oral health awareness campaigns can help reduce the staggering figures.
The DOH figures further show that pre-school children are more at risk to developing dental caries. The lack of information plus diets, which are high in sugar, and a general relaxed approach to oral hygiene contribute to the high numbers.
Problems arise when the bacteria that feeds on sugar remains unchecked. The bacteria can cause plaque build-up which compromises the integrity of the tooth’s enamel, leading to cavities and gum disease.
Prevention is key
Total Body Dentistry is one with Usec. Herbosa in pronouncing that awareness and prevention are effective measures in the management and control of oral health diseases. Reaching out to communities and particularly the marginalized sectors (who are more vulnerable to cavities and other oral health problems) is a positive step towards reducing the prevalence of oral health problems in the country.
Preventive measures such as proper brushing, flossing, and eating health food will also help lessen the need for intrusive dental treatment and the use of toxics products in repairing damaged teeth.
A report by the DOH found that about 92.4% of Filipinos have tooth decay (dental caries) and 78% have gum diseases (periodontal diseases). http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/1066.html