Why Oralucent Is “Light Years” Ahead
Oral health is the gateway to overall body health and with the revolutionary technology incorporated into the Oralucent toothbrush, it is now possible to “brush away” many common dental problems. The future of dental hygiene is here and it is bright!
The Evolution of the Toothbrush
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The Limitations of a Mechanical Toothbrush
The toothbrush was invented thousands of years ago and remains the cornerstone of personal oral care. While many technological improvements have been made over the years, such as soft nylon bristles, ergonomic designs and motorized oscillation of the brush head, the basic concept has changed little. Cleaning your teeth is a combination of mechanical friction and toothpaste chemistry, until now.
Bristles sweep away plaque and accumulated bacteria on exposed teeth surfaces, but even the best power toothbrush cannot clean areas where the toothbrush makes no contact such as between the teeth, below the gum line and around the tongue.
Consequently, the CDC estimates that 50% of adults have gum disease and that figure rises to more than 70% over age 65. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults and is linked to several systemic health issues including; heart disease, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, IBS, and arthritis.
Though a toothbrush combined with a whitening toothpaste can rub away topical stains on a tooth, it has no effect on the major cause of stains, namely embedded pigments below the surface of the enamel.
Today, teeth whitening is achieved through expensive and time-consuming treatments such as bleaching trays and OTC whitening strips that can cause sensitivity, damage gums and enamel and only offer temporary results.
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Blue Light and Red Light Combine to Optimize Oral Health
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* improves gum
Blue Light Phototherapy
Blue light phototherapy has been used safely and effectively in dental offices for decades.
While blue light is well-known for its teeth whitening properties, many people are unaware that visible blue light is also used in many antimicrobial therapies including acne treatment, wound healing, sanitation and even against antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA.
Dental researchers have demonstrated in at least 16 clinical and scientific studies, the ability of visible blue light to eradicate specific strains of harmful anaerobic bacteria with efficacy being dependent on the blue light intensity, wavelength used and length of exposure. In-vivo human studies show that daily use of blue light in the mouth provides continuous suppression of pathogenic oral bacteria and results appear to be cumulative over time. This includes suppression of pathogenic bacteria such as; porphyromonas gingivalis, fusobacterium nucleatum, and prevotella intermedia that are responsible for plaque, bad breath and gum disease, including gingivitis and periodontal disease. Furthermore, phototherapy studies showed that blue light suppresses specific strains of bacteria known to produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) the odorous substance that leads to bad breath and halitosis.
The Oral Microbiome
The human mouth contains nearly 700 known species of bacteria. Typically, a human adult will have about 200 species. Many of these strains are beneficial bacteria (probiotics) such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria that serve vital roles including immune and digestive support. Only about 3% of species are considered harmful (pathologic) that if left unchecked can invade and destroy gum tissue and bone, leading to tooth loss and potentially infection elsewhere in the body.
One of the interesting advantages of blue light phototherapy over bactericides like mouthwashes and antibiotics, is that phototherapy selectively targets the harmful bacteria implicated in infections. These carnivorous bacteria’s metabolic process is based on an iron-based pigment called a porphyrin; the iron having been obtained from food sources such as their hosts blood. This pigment makes these bacteria vulnerable to visible light in the blue spectrum. Specific wavelengths resonate porphyrins to selectively destroy only these pigmented strains of bacteria while leaving helpful probiotics unharmed. Conversely, mouthwashes and antibiotics wipe out all bacteria indiscriminately and over time this can lead to an even greater imbalance in the oral flora, and more dental problems. Blue light studies indicate that as pathogenic bacteria are suppressed, the share of beneficial bacteria increases which may improve the body's immune defense against harmful microbes by allowing good bacteria to thrive and rebalance the oral microbiome.
Visible Blue Light Kills Vampire Bugs
The Synergistic Effect of Blue Light and Peroxide Toothpaste
Oralucent works best when used in combination with a toothpaste and/or gel that contains peroxide. Oralucent's O2PAL light-activated gel has been dentist formulated to boost effects synergistically, but other peroxide toothpastes and gels are also readily available at drug stores nationwide. Blue light reacts with peroxide, releasing oxygen which whitens teeth and kills anaerobic bacteria that can cause tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Red and Infrared Light Phototherapy
Much like blue light, low-level red and infrared phototherapy is a natural, non-invasive method that has been studied extensively for a wide variety of applications. Red light’s beneficial effects stem through a complex but well understood process that stimulates cellular energy generation through ATP synthesis. Red light has a biphasic dose response, meaning that lower doses give a good effect, while higher doses show diminishing returns. At lower doses red light has no side effects, is safe and painless.
Red light’s benefits have been studied for dental therapy applications including reducing teeth sensitivity, reducing inflammation, increasing blood circulation, and stimulating regrowth of gum tissue and bone growth.
The American Dental Association recommends replacing brush heads every 3 months. We offer an auto-ship program for ease and convenience. Your new brush heads will be delivered to your doorstep on schedule. Auto-ship frequency can be changed or cancelled at any time.