What is Ozone Dental Treatment?
The Coronavirus Pandemic has upended our lives. We have had to endure Lockdowns, restriction of movement, curfews and our dental practice has had to close for many months. During each Lockdown in Melbourne, we have only been able to treat emergency patients under strict guidelines from the Victorian Health Department and the Australian Dental Association. Last year during the extended COVID-19 lockdown in July and August 2020, I used my down time to research ozone technology. This technology has been used widely in dentistry in the USA and Europe as a way to improve the standard of patient care and safety for staff. Ozone is a powerful agent capable of rapid disinfection and inactivation of viruses, bacteria, algae and moulds. As the Pandemic was not over yet and has continued to evolve with more virulent strains, such as the Delta variant, we realised that Ozone would need to become a vital part in our practice.
So in November 2020, we purchased and installed two Biosure ozonated water units at our Sunbury and Moonee Ponds practices. These Biosure units are able to generate ozonated water at 4 parts per million for use in the Moonee Ponds and Sunbury practices.
What can ozonated water be used for?
Ozonated water can be used to
- Provides cleaner water during dental treatment.
- We run ozone through the waterlines of our dental chairs to prevent bugs growing in and blocking our equipment.
- We run ozone through our laser, drills and scaling equipment for more effective bug killing treatment results and inactivating biologic entities in the produced aerosols. Examples of this are; the disinfection of canals during root canal therapy and the disinfection of pockets with gum disease.
- As a powerful and fast acting pre-treatment mouth rinse for those people who are unable to tolerate the Hydrogen Peroxide mouth rinses.
- We can clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment with ozone.
Smile In Style – A Holistic Dental Practice
Being a holistic dental practice located in Moonee Ponds and Sunbury, we have already incorporated the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) safe amalgam removal protocols into our practice for the protection of patients, staff and the environment. This means we already have air purifiers and high-volume evacuation suction units to radically reduce aerosols, mercury vapour and pathogens in the air.
Effectively incorporating ozone into the practice is the icing on the cake for a safer environment for all during dental treatment procedures. It is also nice to use a substance that breaks down naturally to harmless water and oxygen components which do not harm the environment.
Can I use Ozonated water at home?
For patients that have severe gum disease or problems with infection around implants, we also have small scale ozonated water tumblers for purchase, which generate ozonated water at 1 part per million (this level is also highly effective at killing all fungi, bacteria viruses). Patients may find this a useful home care adjunct to gain better oral health. Some patients are also using the tumbler ozonated water in conjunction with their Waterpiks for better home cleaning and disinfection results.
Over the next 6-12 months, we expect to see improved dental treatment results in all facets of our dentistry across the practice with the incorporation of ozone technology into our business. If you would like to know more about ozone in dentistry, contact our Moonee Ponds rooms on 03 8400 4104 or our Sunbury rooms on 03 8001 6021.