What Are Hygiene and Ozone Periodontal Therapy Programs?

Posted April 16, 2024 in Ozone Therapy, Periodontal Disease
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Nearly 80% of people will have some form of gum disease in their life, ranging from mild to severe. But with the proper care and preventative treatments, you can prevent gum disease and its effect on your health. This blog explores the Hygiene and Ozone Periodontal Therapy Programs Dr. Tomazin offers to help keep your smile healthy.

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Your smile can indicate not only your confidence and state of mind, but also your overall health. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of people aged 30 and over have some form of periodontal disease. That number increases to 70% in people ages 65 and older. Gum disease ranges from mild to severe, but you can prevent gum disease with the proper care and preventative treatments. Below, we discuss the Hygiene and Ozone Periodontal Therapy Programs Dr. Tomazin offers and the treatments available to keep your smile healthy.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease, also known as periodontitis and gum disease, is a condition that affects your gums, bones, and eventually your teeth. It usually starts with plaque and harmful bacteria, which most people tend to have. Brushing twice daily and flossing regularly helps eliminate plaque, as do regular dental cleanings. However, if plaque is left on your teeth, it hardens into tartar, which can only be eliminated by professional dental cleanings. Plaque and tartar buildup cause gingivitis, which is the beginning of gum disease. 

Left untreated, the swelling in your gums caused by gingivitis can form pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets become filled with plaque, tartar, and bacteria, which leads to further inflammation and infection. If your gum disease continues to go unaddressed, it worsens and results in more severe problems like tooth loss, infections, and even a compromised immune system. 

Dental Hygiene Programs In Riverside 

So, what can you do to stop gum disease before it starts? Besides following your daily dental hygiene routine at home and seeing your dentist at least twice yearly for checkups and cleanings, Dr. Tomazin offers specialized hygiene programs. Your dental hygiene program will be tailored to your specific needs, but some of the benefits include:

Gum and Periodontal Evaluation

Using bacterial DNA testing, your hygienist evaluates the types of bacteria found in your saliva and the amount of those bacteria. They will also assess your gums and the soft tissues in your mouth and use the information gathered to create a plan for achieving optimal dental hygiene. 

Gum measurements will also play a part in assessing the progress of periodontal disease. Your overall gum health will be assessed for pocket depth around teeth, as well as bacterial decay.

Once you’ve been evaluated, Dr. Tomazin and his team can tailor a dental hygiene program for you. This program may include periodontal deep cleaning, enamel treatments, or, in more severe cases of gum disease, ozone periodontal therapy programs.

What Is Ozone Periodontal Therapy?

When many people think of ozone, they probably think of the ozone layer that protects the Earth from the sun’s harmful UV rays. However, this molecule, made up of three oxygen atoms, has been discovered to have antibacterial and wound-healing abilities. 

Ozone disrupts the formation of harmful bacteria, especially those that collect around the gums. It is a gentle yet highly effective form of intervention that can, as part of a regular therapeutic treatment, halt the progression of periodontal disease. In addition, ozone assists the body’s natural defense to assist in the healing process when treatments irritate gums and cause bleeding or other minor oral injuries. 

When used to treat gum disease, ozone is typically applied to your gums in the form of a gas. The ozone absorbs into your gums, and the activated oxygen destroys the disease-causing bacteria by rupturing the cell walls. Ozone treatment for periodontal disease effectively disinfects your gums and helps prevent further infection. When used in an Ozone Periodontal Therapy program, ozone is applied over multiple visits and monitored regularly for effectiveness.

Want to Learn More About Hygiene and Ozone Periodontal Therapy Programs in Riverside?

Dr. Chad Tomazin and his staff of highly trained and experienced hygienists offer a wide range of dental care options, from biological dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, to ensure you have the healthiest teeth and the whitest smile. If you’re ready to explore the benefits of the Hygiene and Ozone Periodontal Therapy Programs offered by Dr. Tomazin, call us today at (951) 686-3666 or complete our online contact form