Periodontitis is a serious disease that affects people worldwide, impacting both oral and systemic health. Beadnell Family Dentistry recently read about a new study in which researchers explore novel ways to treat periodontitis: with ozone (O3).
In vitro studies reveal promising results
Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology are currently studying a new antiseptic agent, called ozone nano-bubble water (NBW3), with hopes that it will change the fate of periodontitis patients.
The scientists, led by Shinichi Arakawa, used an in vitro study to evaluate the effects of the new ozone nano-bubble water antiseptic agent on two principle bacterial strains responsible for periodontitis, as well as on human oral tissue cells. Their results showed bactericidal activity within 30 seconds of bacterial exposure to the ozone nano-bubble water, while human tissues experienced only minor effects– and only after 24 hours of exposure.
So, how exactly does it work?
Ozone itself is currently in use as a “nontoxic” cleaning agent– in fact, we’ve all smelled ozone water at one time or another: after it rains. Ozone “cleans” because its configuration of three oxygen atoms bound together is an unstable one; oxygen prefers to be in pairs (the familiar O2). Thus, the third wheel quickly leaves the pair, becoming a free radical that binds to the closest thing it can get its hands on and thereby creating an oxidation reaction. This reaction often has the pleasing side effect of toxic molecules becoming non-toxic, or at least less toxic, when bound with oxygen.
Like ozone– but better
Researcher Arakawa’s novel antiseptic agent, ozone nano-bubble water, utilizes the antibiotic properties of ozone but is longer lasting and– so far– appears safer for human use (due to the fact that this was an in vitro study, we still don’t know what the actual effects would be of ozone nano-bubble water on human tissues). It has the added benefit of being a “broad spectrum” antibiotic– meaning it kills a lot of different kinds of bugs– and one with fewer chances of antibiotic resistance developing, to boot.
Beadnell Family Dentistry’s go-to is still brushing and flossing
While research like this is fascinating and exciting, Dr. Beadnell still promotes the time-tested oral health regime of prevention: eat healthy, brush and floss regularly, and stay current on your visits to Beadnell Family Dentistry. Daily oral health routines are the very best medicine because they stop infection and disease– before they start.
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