Many years ago I had a dentist use a microscope to show me what types of bacteria I had living under my gum line. That same dentist suggested that I use a water flosser once per day to flush out the bacteria and spirochetes. After using the water flosser for one year I was retested and found that there were no more visible spirochetes and the amount of bacteria under my gum line was greatly reduced.
A few years later my dental hygienist told me that I had a few small spots where there were pockets beneath my gum line that were not 100% healthy. She suggested a deep cleaning. After understanding that a deep cleaning was a painful, time consuming and expensive process, I decided to do some research for alternatives. I learned about using ozone in a water flosser to kill the bacteria under the gum line that are difficult to access.
I discovered that anyone can purchase an ozone machine made to send ozone gas into a water tank or sauna and as long as you have an air pump to push the ozonated air into the water, it can be used to infuse ozone into a water flosser. Then simply follow the instructions for using a water flosser and send the ozonated water into the gum line. I made a video on how to do that and you can see it at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3F0RBEnGEOw&feature=em-uploademail
Important suggestions for ozone use in a water flosser:
- Don’t let the sweet taste of ozonated water fool you. High concentrations of ozone can be a potent respiratory hazard and can also damage mucus membranes. I don’t suggest infusing your water flosser for more than 10 seconds with ozone gas.
- Don’t use this type of ozone generator in a bathroom after a shower where the air is steamy. There are two reasons for this. 1- The moisture in the air will cause the ozone generator to create nitric acid which is corrosive to human skin and turns our skin yellow. 2- The moisture in the air will shorten the life of the corona discharge unit. Only use the machine in a dry room.
- Don’t turn the pressure on the water flosser up too high. You want to gently clean the gum line, not power wash it. I use my Hydro Floss at 50% power. One Hundred percent power might damage your gums.
- Check with your dentist. Unless your dentist suggests it, don’t do this every day. I do this two or three times a week at most.
- Do not swallow the ozonated water. It should be spit it out.
The following bullet points are copied from the National Institutes of Health:
- Activation of intracellular metabolism of oral mucosa and dental wounds.
- Improvement of regional circulation.
- Stimulation of regenerative processes.
- Hemostasis in capillary bleedings.
- Painless procedures.
- Ozone toxicity if the level increases at 0.0007% per application.
- Not readily available.
- Chronic or recurrent infections in the oral cavity.
- Prophylaxis and prevention of dental caries.
- Remineralization of pit and fissure caries, root and smooth surface caries.
- Bleaching of discolored root canal treated teeth.
- Sterilization of cavities, root canals, periodontal pockets, herpetic lesions.
- Desensitization of extremely sensitive tooth necks.
- Pre-washing of surgical sites.
- Plaque control.
- Contamination control.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Link to multipurpose ozone machine below