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How does Photodisinfection Work?

Photodisinfection is a topical, non-antibiotic antimicrobial therapy that destroys a broad spectrum of pathogens including fungi, bacteria and virus without damaging human tissue. Unlike antibiotics, Photodisinfection selectively kills virulence factors such as the endotoxins and exotoxins produced by pathogens, leading to a clinically observable anti-inflammatory effect. The treatment process takes only minutes, making it over 1,000 times more effective at biofilm killing than antibiotics.

Photodisinfection is a minimally invasive non-thermal therapy involving the light activation of a photosensitizer to eliminate topical infections in a highly targeted approach. Photodisinfection has been proven to be safe and effective in other applications such as for the dental, sinusitis and hospital acquired infection prevention markets. In dentistry, Photodisinfection has been proven to be highly effective for the treatment of caries, endodontics, restorative dentistry, periodontitis, peri-implantitis and halitosis. Many new applications of Photodisinfection are now under development.

The Photodisinfection Process: Instant Antimicrobial Therapy

Apply Photosensitizer to Infection Site & Illuminate with Appropriate Wavelength for Several Minutes

A photosensitizing solution is applied to the treatment site where the photosensitizer molecules preferentially bind to the targeted microbes.  The photosensitizer molecules are inactive at this stage.  A light of a specific wavelength and intensity illuminates the treatment site and a photocatalytic reaction occurs.  The wavelength is carefully chosen to maximize absorption of light energy by the photosensitizer.

This 2 step procedure results in the destruction of the targeted microbes and their virulence factors without damaging host cells.  This reaction involves the formation of short-lived, highly reactive free-radical oxygen species.  These radicals cause a physical disruption of the microbial cell membrane through oxidative reactions, resulting in immediate rupture and destruction of the cell.  This process occurs in seconds with total kills completed in minutes.

The Photodisinfection process has also been shown to eliminate a multitude of virulence factors, unlike antibiotics. When the light isremoved, the photocatalytic reaction ceases along with all antimicrobial action. Photodisinfection does not promote the development of resistance.

The Photodisinfection process is both pain-free and stress-free due to lack of side-effects or damage to human tissue.

Source: Eastman Dental Institute, UK

Which Would You Prefer: Pain-free Periowave Or Painful Gum Surgery?

It is hard to imagine that any patient would prefer to have their gums flapped open, bone recontoured, tissue grafted from their upper palette and gums stitched back up again.  In fact, if faced with this option, I would pay a hefty premium to avoid this ordeal.  A 1994 NHANES study discovered that almost 3/4 of patients who were diagnosed with gum disease did not seek treatment due to fear of pain, cost and embarrassment.  Fortunately, Photodisinfection is a completely pain-free procedure that is significantly cheaper than gum surgery and with better outcomes for the patient.  Finally, there is a minimally invasive and non-antibiotic way to arrest gum disease.  With the indisputable links to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, pre-term births etc., there is no longer a good reason to put off getting back to healthy gums. To find a dentist offering Periowave nearest you, please click here: Find A Dental Professional

Periowave’s Coming To Mexico!

Mexico has long since been one of my favourite countries due primarily to her warm and vibrant people. I have a history with business in Mexico going back over 20 years when I was a portfolio manager for a large Canadian bank. It was with great pleasure therefore that I attended the recent annual Mexican Periodontal Association Conference held in Guadalajara earlier this month.

The reason for my pride was that our Periowave Photodisinfection system had just been cleared by the Mexican regulatory authorities and Periowave was holding its first ever lecture workshops in Mexico at this annual conference for periodontal specialists. Our Chief Technology Officer, Dr Nicolas Loebel, presented 5 lectures over the 3 days that we were there.

For me personally, it was hugely rewarding to see the impact on the level of interest by the attending clinicians who came poised with the anticipated questions related to scientific evidence, supporting clinical data and treatment protocols. For these clinicians, it was Read more »

Periowave Video Blog #1: How Is Periowave Integrated Into A Dental Practice?

So, we’re pretty excited about this!

Have you ever wondered how Periowave is used in a dental office? Well, look no further. We’re giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how dentists and hygienists integrate Periowave into their practice. In the first video blog, the staff from Unionville Gate Family Dentists share with us what it was like getting trained by the Periowave team and how it felt to treat their very first patient.

“My first patient was a lady in her 60s. Her main concern was a lot of bleeding… the gum was very, very swollen and she couldn’t get it under control… The first Periowave treatment was simple and really straightforward. The patient’s healing was quite noticeable, almost immediately!”

The next few videos we have planned will cover Periowave protocol, technique, and patient education. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see, be sure to let us know in the comments below. In the meantime, check out what Dr. Erwood and his hygienist Sidney have to say about Periowave!

What Do Patients Say About Periowave™?

One of the things we enjoy most is hearing the stories of people we’ve helped. Periowave’s been used over 100,000 times on thousands of patients all over the world, and we’ve helped them greatly improve their oral health. Yes, gum disease is not a hot topic like cancer, AIDS, or diabetes, but it’s certainly an issue that many people struggle with. In this video, patients of Periowave share how this technology has helped improve their oral health. So, check it out!

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