The biggest factors that drive the development of periodontal disease are harmful oral bacteria, which is why targeting these microbes is one of the most important factors in treating it. For example, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) actively removes the biofilms (plaque and tartar) that form on your teeth roots. At our Encinitas/San Diego periodontal office, we also offer a number of holistic treatment options for keeping gum disease under control, including ozone therapy that neutralizes harmful bacteria, which are largely anaerobic.
A brief explanation of ozone therapy
Altogether, there are several hundred types of bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. Only a few types are directly harmful to your teeth and gums, and most of them cannot thrive in the presence of oxygen. Ozone therapy is the application of oxygen to your gums to neutralize harmful microbes, and the procedure is minimally invasive to avoid any harm to your sensitive gum tissues. Depending on the extent of your gum disease or you risk of developing it, ozone therapy may just be one part of a more comprehensive periodontal treatment and maintenance plan.
What this means for your periodontal health
Once periodontal tissues become compromised by disease, they often can no longer heal. Restoring your good periodontal health may require removing the diseased tissues so that the healthy portions can heal. When you treat periodontal disease early with holistic methods such as ozone therapy, you can minimize or prevent such extensive damage to your gums. This means you can avoid the need for more extensive treatment, such as laser gum surgery (LANAP), pinhole gum grafting, and more. You can also significantly reduce your risks of losing one or more teeth due to severe gum disease.
Part of a holistic maintenance routine
When it has matured enough, gum disease itself may no longer be reversible. Therefore, the goal of ongoing periodontal maintenance is to keep the disease at bay and avoid such extensive damage to your gums. To that end, you may also require additional preventive and maintenance measures, such as platelet-rich therapy to enhance your gum tissues’ healing ability. Together, your combination of holistic maintenance treatments will help you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile even if gum disease becomes a permanent factor in your oral health.
Learn about the benefits of ozone therapy
Ozone therapy is one of several different holistic approaches to treating and managing periodontal disease. For more information, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kania by calling her periodontal office in Encinitas/San Diego, CA, at (760) 642-0711.