Fight Tooth Decay and Improve Your Oral health with Ozonated Water
A rinse a day keeps the dentist away!
When humans explore other planets for signs of life, the first things we look for are water and oxygen. That’s how fundamental they are to our very existence. But imagine if we could combine these two using a super-charged version of oxygen, and create an incredibly powerful substance that can both sanitise and provide systemic benefits to your entire body!
That’s exactly what we do when we use freshly ozonated water.
So many uses
In previous articles, we have focussed on various uses for ozonated water such as for drinking, sanitation, prolonging the shelf life of fresh food, and treating skin conditions just to name a few.
I hate going to the dentist!
Today, I want to focus on a less discussed topic – how ozonated water can be used to fight harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Did you know that ozone is being rapidly adopted by dentists worldwide as a safe, cost effective and environmentally superior alternative to chemical sterilisation?
The latest research
There are many scientific papers that guide professionals on how to best harness the power of ozone in dentistry. This one, in particular, caught my attention: “Antibacterial Activity of Freshly Prepared Ozonated Water and Chlorhexidine on Mutans Streptococcus When Used as an Oral Rinse.”
Here is a short extract:
Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of morbidity of the tooth. Attempts have been made to reduce the pathogen population size i.e., Mutans Streptococci (MS) to demote the incidence of tooth decay and increase the resistance of the tooth to cariogenic attack.
To evaluate the antibacterial efficacy of freshly prepared ozonated water, in proposing it as an alternative mouth rinse on MS in comparison to Chlorhexidine (CHX)
Ozonated water when consecutively used as a mouth rinse resulted in a significant reduction of MS counts. Hence, it can be used as an alternative to chlorhexidine.
How the trial was run
The participants all suffered from tooth decay. They were divided into two groups and given a mouth rinse of either CHX or freshly ozonated water daily for two weeks.
“The comparison between ozonated water group and CHX group. Ozonated water group showed a high significance (p-value < 0.001) indicating a better anti-bacterial property when compared to CHX.”
There were no adverse reactions to the ozonated water reported in this study.
Even though I drink ozonated water every day, and know the benefits for oral hygiene, reading this study still gave me the reminder I needed to ensure that I make the effort to use it as a mouth wash as well while brushing my teeth.
Oral health vs overall health
Your mouth is full of bacteria, mostly harmless or beneficial but some of them can cause problems throughout your body. Poor oral health is known to be associated with various serious, even deadly conditions including:
- Endocarditis. This infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves (endocardium) typically occurs when bacteria or other germs from another part of your body, such as your mouth, spread through your bloodstream and attach to certain areas in your heart.
- Cardiovascular disease. Although the connection is not fully understood, some research suggests that heart disease, clogged arteries and stroke might be linked to the inflammation and infections that oral bacteria can cause.
- Pregnancy and birth complications. Periodontitis has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight.
- Pneumonia. Certain bacteria in your mouth can be pulled into your lungs, causing pneumonia and other respiratory diseases.
Better safe than sorry
So, like with my overall wellness regime, I believe that prevention is better than cure! From now on, I will definitely be taking more care to give my mouth a refreshing rinse with ozonated water every day.
Word of mouth
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