We all know what oxygen is. After all, we wouldn’t be alive without it! O2 is naturally inert which means it is not chemically reactive. Ozone, on the other hand, has one more oxygen (O3) which makes it very reactive. It is essentially trying to lose that extra oxygen in order to become more stable. This reactivity is what makes it a great tool in the fight against tooth decay.
When ozone is exposed to cavities it reacts with the bacteria and acid present. Not only does it kill the bacteria, but it also changes the bacteria’s habitat. The bacteria that cause tooth decay love acidity and thrive in it. Ozone reacts with the acid, actually adjusting the pH of the mouth so that it is at a neutral level.
Once this pH is balanced, the bacteria no longer have a suitable environment to survive and are gone for longer than if just the bacteria were eliminated. This change in environment allows for good bacteria to come in, which actually consume bacteria associated with tooth decay and gum disease. While ozone treatment will not repair a huge hole in your teeth, it will accelerate the process of remineralization which can repair problem spots such as white lesions and small caries.