It seems that scientists are making a lot of fantastic discoveries in the field of oral health these days. One of the most exciting new discoveries that have just been made has to do with using light to kill off germs that cause periodontitis. Gum disease can be a minor or a serious affliction, depending on how far it has progressed. Serious cases of gum disease may see the patient lose many or all of his or her teeth. Less-serious cases, however, may be treated and cured.
However, the treatment of periodontal disease is an ongoing problem for many people. Sometimes, a course of oral antibiotics does the trick, but other times, more innovative approaches are required. The use of light waves to destroy unhealthy mouth bacteria is one of the new possible solutions to the problem of treating periodontitis.
In a study published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, researchers reported that blue light could destroy disease-causing germs in the mouth. This is because different colors of light produce different wavelengths and it seems that the wavelengths in blue light are particularly damaging to bad bacteria. On the other hand, the healthy bacteria in your mouth (such as the good stuff in your gut) are not harmed by blue light. Actually, according to the study, the light helped create a better probiotic balance in the mouth.
Hopefully, this new treatment could provide a safe and side-effect-free way to fight back against periodontal disease. The therapy may even be used as a prophylactic to prevent periodontitis from happening in the first place. We’ll probably see many more studies on this groundbreaking treatment in the upcoming months, so stay tuned.