A Role for Ozone in Treating Kids’ Tooth Decay

by | Jul 10, 2024 | Children's Oral Health, Ozone | 0 comments

You probably know something about the antimicrobial power of dental ozone, a supercharged form of oxygen that’s able to kill off bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. But disinfection is just one of its abilities.

  • Ozone promotes healing by increasing oxygen levels in tissues, enhancing cellular respiration and improving circulation.
  • Ozone reduces inflammation and pain, leading to faster recovery from dental procedures and infections.
  • Ozone stimulates the immune system, helping it fight infections and diseases more effectively.

We use medical grade ozone extensively in our office. Because ozonated water is in all of our treatment rooms, ozone is used in literally every procedure we do. We also use ozone in other forms as an adjunct to specific procedures to support optimal disinfection, healing, and dental outcomes.

From periodontal therapy to teeth whitening, oral surgery to reducing tooth sensitivity, and plenty in between, ozone is truly one of the most versatile tools in a biological dental office like ours. It can even be used to treat tooth decay in a minimally invasive way, as recent research in Dentistry Journal shows.

This systematic review focused on using ozone gas to treat cavities in primary, or baby, teeth. A search of studies published before January 2024 turned up seven that met the research team’s criteria. To be included, a study had to compare ozone therapy to other treatments or no treatment at all in stopping or reversing decay.

The team’s analysis showed ozone to be equal to other methods for successfully treating decay. No adverse events were reported, and kids seemed to tolerate the treatment well.

“The overall evidence suggests that ozone application may have beneficial effects, regardless of the protocol applied,” the researchers concluded,

being equally or more effective than other interventions, when comparisons were available, in relation to most clinical outcomes, and equally or slightly less effective than chlorhexidine in relation to antibacterial action.

Chlorhexidine is a powerful chemical antimicrobial that’s commonly used when treating gum disease.

Additionally, ozone application appeared to be a simple and pain-free technique, and it was not associated with adverse effects. These features may contribute to reducing parent and child anxiety and improving their compliance, and these aspects may have a considerable role in the choice of treatment strategy.

In fact, when the decay is still just on the surface, ozone therapy may be enough to stop the infection so the tooth can recover. If the decay has broken through the enamel, however, more traditional restoration procedures may be needed, helped along by ozone.

As always, we need to look at each patient’s specific dental situation and needs, letting that guide us to a customized plan for treating the decay in the most natural and least invasive way possible.

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