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Ozone Therapy, an Exciting Medical Innovation

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Ozone is more than a keyword in environment circles. Today, it is also becoming a strong topic among medical practitioners and dental professionals. For a good reason, the latest innovation in the medical and dental field harnesses the power of ozone to tackle a myriad of conditions ranging from diabetes to dental infections. The far-reaching possibilities of ozone therapy is almost like a miracle and to conventional medicine, this premise may appear to be straight out of science fiction.

A Brief Historical Background

Even before it became a hot button issue among environmentalists, scientists have been conducting research on the therapeutic qualities of ozone. Discovered by German chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein in 1840, ozone is a naturally occurring and nutrient rich gas composed of three oxygen atoms. It is colourless with a sharp odour and it mainly functions to prevent harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from reaching the earth.  Its role is so vital that damage in the ozone layer has impacts on all living beings.

Apart from this crucial function however, scientists also realized that ozone has high-oxidizing and antibacterial properties.  Interest in it grew and many – including the famous inventor Nikola Tesla - believed and explored its potential.

Since then, ozone has been used to disinfect drinking water, treat wounds, and to counteract diseases. However, a high concentration of ozone is toxic and special techniques had to be developed to manage and utilize its properties.

Medical and Dental Use

Application and procedures somewhat differ but ozone therapy essentially operates on the same principle: administering more oxygen to cells to combat pathogens and boost cell repair.

Since aggressive microorganisms in the body cannot tolerate high levels of oxygen, a significant stream of pure oxygen can destroy the pathogens and protect cells from further damage while also aiding in its recuperation. Advocates of minimally or non-invasive and non-toxic treatments will find ozone therapy as the perfect alternative to chemicals and intrusive procedures usually dispensed by orthodox medicine.

The oral cavity is a delicate miniature system and a slight increase in bacteria can disrupt its balance causing oral health problems. Ozone therapy corrects this by targeting harmful bacteria but without the use of intrusive procedures or without leaving toxic traces.

Ozone therapy is already being utilized in countries such as Germany, Cuba, and Russia but much of the international community is still in the dark of its benefits. Recently, a group of ozone therapy supporters visited the Philippines and endorsed its use. Safe and practical, the country and our citizens can benefit from knowing more about this technology.

Future in Dentistry

Dr Phil Mollica, President and Professor at the American College of Integrative Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey, identifies on his website Ozone for Dentistry, two vital roles ozone therapy has in dentistry.

First is for prevention and protection, ozonated water can be a pre-treatment rinse for patients. The use of ozonated water for equipment also keeps the environment sterilized and prevents infection caused by aerial contaminants brought about by high-speed drilling. And second, for controlling infection, ozonated water and gas can penetrate infected areas and other pockets that antibiotics or disinfectantscannot reach. After a series of treatment and check-ups, the dentist can then proceed with the proper course of action for remedying the patient’s tooth.

Likewise, PubMed’s Strategic Review of Ozone Therapy in Dentistry concluded that the procedure is more economical as it “(l)essens the treatment time with an immense deal of variation and it eradicates the bacterial count more specifically.”

Since the science behind Ozone Therapy may appear like mumbo-jumbo, continuous study and research are still being done on the validity of this treatment. However, results has remained consistent  and showed reliability in treating infections with no to minimal side effects. In addition to further research, exploring controls and mechanisms in ozone therapy application could help the treatment into mainstream medicine.

As the fields of medicine and dentistry are shifting towards non-toxic or minimally (or non) invasive procedures, dental professionals should look into ozone therapy and discover its many benefits to patients and their practice.

References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312702/
http://www.bcairquality.ca/101/ozone-depletion-impacts.html
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1233-ozone%20therapy.aspx?activeingredientid=1233&activeingredientname=ozone%20therapy
http://www.ozonefordentistry.com/Doc_files/ozone%20article.pdf
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3276005/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3769872/

 

Ozone Therapy: Its role in dentistry

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The latest innovation in medicine and dentistry may appear to be a miracle or a medical procedure out of science fiction but in truth, the premise behind ozone therapy is actually quite simple.
Ozone was first discovered in the 1800s and since then, researchers have been exploring ways to harness its properties. First used to purify water, the same underling principles were applied to targeting infections in the human body.

While the ozone layer protects the earth against the damaging rays of the sun, in the medical field, a burst of oxygen – or ozone – neutralizes pathogens that infect the body. Since these pathogens or microorganisms lack antioxidant cell membranes, the rush of oxygen causes these microorganisms to rupture and die.

It is a medical marvel indeed and facilities and doctors in Europe have been utilizing it to treat debilitating diseases such as cancer. In the country, this advancement is still relatively new but health practitioners are already seeing it is as a more practical approach to expensive treatments and toxic chemicals.

Ozone Therapy and Dentistry

Ozone therapy is making a mark in the medical field but it also has a place in dentistry. The website, Ozone for Dentistry defines two vital roles it has in dentistry.

Prevention and protection, ozonated water can be a pre-treatment rinse for patients. The use of ozonated water for equipment also keeps the environment sterilized and prevents infection caused by aerial contaminants brought about by high-speed drilling.

Patient treatment, ozonated water and gas can penetrate infected areas and other pockets that antibiotics or disinfectants cannot reach. After a series of treatment and check-ups, the dentist can then proceed with the proper course of action for remedying the patient’s tooth.

Ozone therapy is an exciting innovation and patients should explore its benefits. Keep in mind however that ozone is a powerful oxidant and only licensed practitioners are knowledgeable in administering correct dosage and treatment.

Dr Lillian Ebuen, a pioneer and firm supporter of non-toxic dental procedures is one of the few certified dentists in the Philippines. For more information regarding this procedure, visit our clinic or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

How Does Ozone Treatment Work?

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Dental ozone treatment is the latest innovation to make waves in the field of dentistry. Without causing further damage to a tooth’s enamel, ozone treatment can help manage and remedy dental caries by targeting the microorganisms that cause tooth decay and gum disease.  This premise sounds like a form of medical treatment that one would find on science fiction but ozone treatment does exactly that. 

The Process

Ozone treatments usually lasts for 60 minutes but within that short period, the introduction of oxygen or ozone in the infected area, eliminates disease-causing microorganisms.   In a process called the “transient oxidative burst”, the targeted pathogens die of stress, as they the microorganisms don’t have built-in defences against a rapid surge of oxygen/ozone.

The beauty of ozone treatment is that it is minimally invasive and does not compromise the integrity of the whole tooth. In addition, it has also been observed that ozone treatment improves blood circulation, healing, and boosts one’s immune system.

The treatment is already popular in other medical fields but it is only recently that dentistry is discovering and exploring its full potential. Dr Lillian Ebuen, Total Body Dentistry’s chief dentist and executive director of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in the Philippines, sees Ozone Treatment as a milestone, “Dentistry is finally moving into the era of non-invasive and non-toxic procedures.”

Say Goodbye to Non-Invasive Treatments

With the coming of such procedures, the days of the dental drill and the picture of the dentist as sadist are ending. It is a boon not only to the dental profession but to the patient as well. Where traditional procedures such as drilling and using restorative materials impacts the patient’s tooth and overall health – ozone treatment – through proper application and paired with superb oral health practices are effective in maintaining good dental structure and health.

This week, Total Body Dentistry, staying true to its commitment to innovation is announcing its Ozone Therapy Treatment. Dr Lillian Ebuen took and mastered a course on ozone treatment last year and is eager to demonstrate the healing powers of Ozone.

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Prevention Is Key

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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. 

For more info on oral health care, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php/opinion/73999-doh-awards-marikina-muntinlupa-for-good-oral-habits

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

Ozone Thearpy Treatment

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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.

For more info on Ozone Therapy Treatment and how it can benefit you, don’t hesitate to call us at 7235167 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

References:

http://www.grantadental.co.uk/ozone-treatment/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/24/invasive-dentistry-benefits.aspx

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1233-OZONE%20THERAPY.aspx?activeIngredientId=1233&activeIngredientName=OZONE%20THERAPY

Exploring Mercury-Free Dental Amalgam Alternatives

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The ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is a fantastic step in terms of protecting the environment and people’s health. However, as countries are exploring strategies to limit mercury use in industries and other sectors, the issue of mercury use in dentistry remains a subject of debate.

Supporters claim that studies on the toxicity of dental mercury are inconclusive and for poor or developing countries such as the Philippines, dental amalgam fillings are practical. Based on an oral health survey conducted by the Department of Health,   revealed that 97 percent of six-year old children  suffer from tooth decay and the condition continue to deteriorate as they grow older. Given this premise, the use of dental amalgam fillings appears reasonable.

Then on the other side of the debate, we have critics who are actually armed with numerous data and research on the dangers of dental mercury. Mercury, despite its many practical uses, is still toxic. In fact, it is one of the most deadly toxin known to man. The World Health Organisation even stated in a report   that mercury has no safe level of exposure. Meaning, even the minutest vapour can wreak havoc on one’s health and the environment. Scientific research or none, common sense dictates that you should not put any toxic material in your mouth – or anywhere on your body – for that matter. Yet, supporters remain resolute.

Dental amalgam fillings, which is 50 percent mercury, may be the cheapest dental restorative material available today but the consequences associated with its use simply outweigh the benefits. Before we introduce mercury-free alternatives, think about these reasons why dental mercury use should cease.


•    Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin. It can easily seep into the bloodstream and penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children are particularly vulnerable.
•    Dentists, dental technicians, and other dental professionals are exposed to mercury vapours on a daily basis. According to a study by IAOMT-Philippines and BAN Toxics!, dental facilities that use dental mercury emit high levels of mercury vapour. 
•    Dentistry students are equally exposed to mercury vapours as the dentistry syllabus requires students to handle/use or hone their skills using dental amalgam fillings.
•    Dental mercury waste is one of the largest contributors to mercury pollution in the air, ground, and water.

Mercury-Free Alternatives

With the Minamata Convention soon to take effect, this is the best time to explore mercury-free dental restorative treatment.

These are:

Composite Resin Fillings. This dental filling is made from a type of plastic reinforced with powdered glass. It’s advantage is that it’s color can be made to match surrounding teeth, making it aesthetically pleasing. However, this treatment is expensive and has an average lifespan of only seven to eight years.

Critics have cited that composites leach BPA – a toxic substance that can cause cancer but based on the findings of several prestigious bodies including dental organizations such as The British Dental Association, The Canada Dental Association, and The US Dental Association attest to its safety.   In 2010, the American Academy of Pediatrics also stated that, “On the basis of the proven benefits of resin-based dental materials and the brevity of BPA exposure, we recommend continued use...On the basis of the substantiated preventive benefits of  resin-based dental sealants and given the brevity of elevated exposure to BPA after sealant application, we recommend continuing application of resin-based sealants in dental practice and in school-based/school-linked dental-sealant programs.”

Glass Ionomer Cement Fillings. Similar to composites, except this treatment is only recommended for small restorative work. Aside from its aesthetic advantage, glass ionomer also releases fluoride over time.

Gold Foil Fillings. Gold has a long history of use and it was once the popular choice given that it is a sturdy and reliable filling. Gold’s disadvantages are, it does not match teeth color, it conducts heat and cold, and expensive.

Ceramics. Stain resistant and strong, ceramics is a strong contender but this filling is abrasive and as expensive as gold.

Total Body Dentistry is a mercury-free dental clinic and only use safe materials such as composites and glass ionomers for treating dental caries. As dentists, we have a responsibility and obligation of protecting the oral health of our communities. As a patient, you should exercise your right and ask for adequate information regarding treatments.

For more info, you can visit our clinic or send us an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

References:

[1] http://www.doh.gov.ph/node/1066.html

[2] World Health Organization. Mercury in Health Care: Policy Paper. Geneva, Switzerland; August 2005: 1. http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/medicalwaste/mercurypolpaper.pdf

[3] A Study on Mercury Levels of Ambient Air in Dental Clinics and its Impacts on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and the Environment. Unpublished.

[4] http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DentalProducts/DentalAmalgam/ucm171108.htm

[5] http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-fillings

[6] http://www.zeromercury.org/phocadownload/Developments_at_EU_level/Appendix_I_-The_Safety_of_Alternatives_to_Dental_Mercury_2.pdf