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Phil M.

Dr. Behm and his whole staff do a fantastic job.They will educate you and I was so glad I removed all of my metal fillings once I was aware of the toxicity of those fillings. Their dental hygienists are wonderful. You will be very pleased by choosing Dr. Behm and his team for your dental care. Everyone is so caring there. Five Stars for sure.

Ozone Use in Natural Dentistry

We are so fortunate to be one of the few dental practices in the country trained and authorized to use ozone in treatment. We have taken a special course and as a result are licensed to participate in a study on using ozone in dentistry.

As many of you know, ozone has the incredible quality of killing virus, bacteria and fungus on contact.

The applications for this in dentistry are numerous, as the mouth is normally full of bacteria, which can create havoc with the teeth and gums.

Almost any dental problem you can think of has as its base bacteria in the mouth. Imagine if all that bacteria can be killed in just a few seconds!

We use it in periodonal (gum) therapy, to kill bacteria in root canal teeth, to kill bacteria before doing a crown or filling, to kill all bacteria and virus in an extraction socket before finishing up.

Ozone is made of 3 atoms of oxygen (O3). It naturally kills bacteria, fungus and virus. The head and mouth are breeding grounds for all of these. Thus O3 is a wonderful addition to our the ways we can help our patients. Here are some uses of O3 in dentistry:

Bacterial Infections

Any bacterial infection can be effectively treated with O3. Rinsing and gargling with ozonated water is effective for sore throats, ulcerations, abscesses and periodontal problems.


In the dental office irrigating pockets with O3 water and O3 gas is highly beneficial. Used in this manner, O3 not only helps arrest the progression of the disease but also helps prevent tooth decay. For some patients a custom tray that fits snugly over the teeth and gums can be made. O3 gas is then passed into the tray for a period of time every few months to help maintain periodontal health and prevent decay.

Teeth

O3 also serves as an excellent wash for teeth just prior to restoring them. It is similarly beneficial when a tooth nerve has been exposed. In the case of a nerve exposure, use of O3 water followed by O3 gas will often prevent the nerve from dying, thus preventing a root canal or extraction.



An illustration showing how ozone is made.

If a root canal is being performed, the use of O3 will maximize one’s best chances for success. By success, I mean that the tooth will not cause any systemic problems. Remember teeth are made up of millions of tubules. The bacteria in these tubules give off potent toxins that can travel throughout a person’s body and cause many health problems. (See the book, Whole-Body Dentistry, by Dr. Breiner for more on this topic).

Rinsing the canals with O3 water during treatment, followed by O3 gas, permeates the tubules and disinfects the tooth. Follow this with injections of O3 gas around the root of the tooth and the odds will increase that the tooth will be “tolerable”.

I would recommend periodic energetic testing (muscle testing or kinesiology) to see if indeed the root canal is being well tolerated. If it is not, then O3 gas can be injected around the tooth, and then reassessed. This approach would also be appropriate for a tooth that had previously had a root canal and which did not test well.

Dental Surgery

Irrigation of a surgical site with O3 water will speed healing and help remineralize the bone. Thus, O3 water would be helpful for extractions, cavitational surgery, and implant surgery.

TMJ

Some practitioners find injection of O3 gas into the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to be very therapeutic. Research is showing that a number of TMJ problems are associated with bacteria, viruses and fungi. These cause an inflammatory reaction resulting in TMJ pain. O3 gas not only kills the organisms, but reduces the inflammation and stimulates new cartilage growth.

Cavitations

Cavitations (holes in bone) frequently occur in the jawbones at the sites of previous extractions, especially in the area of the wisdom teeth. Cavitations may have systemic effects. Often surgery is done to clean out the area. One of the problems with the cavitational lesion is that it spreads into surrounding bone via small channels, and the infection can then move far from the original site. Surgically, it is virtually impossible to clean out the entire infection. One must get the major lesion and through use of homeopathics, various nutrients, light therapy, etc. encourage the body to take care of the rest. All of these approaches together may or may not be enough.

Ozone therapy greatly increases the odds of healing cavitations – without surgery. Because O3 kills the bugs, enhances the immune system, promotes remineralization of bone, etc. O3 gas injected directly into the cavitational site has remarkable effects. What is really incredible is that the gas will follow the infection. For example patients having an injection into the lower right wisdom tooth area, may report feeling a funny sensation in the jaw, sometime even as far away as the left wisdom tooth area.

When treating cavitations with O3, there is a protocol; it is important that the lymph system be functioning optimally. Thus there usually are certain things done in conjunction with injection into the cavitation to help ensure success.

Sinus Infections

Many patients have a chronic problem in the sinuses. Often a postnasal drip (PND) will offer a clue; however, sometimes there is no PND and the sinuses may appear OK on x-rays. Nevertheless, with energetic testing the sinuses will test positive for bacterial and often fungal problems.
Breathing O3 as it filters through olive oil along with treatment of the lymph system can often promote resolution of the sinus problem. Remember, it is very irritating to the lungs to breathe ozone – the ozone must first go through olive oil before breathing.

Mouth Lesions

Ozonated olive oil can be made by passing O3 into the oil over a 24 hour period. The O3 oil has many uses; one of which is as a salve for the gums. While, not very tasty, it does deliver the O3.
Any type of cold sore (ulcer or hepatic lesion) can be helped by a combination of O3, and O3 water, and/or O3 olive oil. For “cold sores,” ozonated olive oil will speed recovery. For apthous ulcers (cold sores) or any kind of sore in the mouth, rinsing with ozonated water will accelerate healing. The ozone will also help with the pain.

As you can see, ozone, when used properly and in proper amounts can have a wide range of beneficial applications. Unfortunately, ozone is not approved for use in the USA, although it is widely used in Europe and South America.

Use of Ozone in Dentistry

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been created to allow some practitioners in the US to use ozone as part of a study to demonstrate ozone safety and effectiveness. We have participated in the training, and are authorized to use it in this study.

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Tom B.

I have recently discovered something Life Changing that I would like to share. A little over a year ago I developed some cardiac arrhythmias that were quite troubling. I was on a trip to the Mexican highlands and it very nearly ruined the trip, but I saw my cardiologist immediately upon returning home and his opinion was that there was nothing life-threatening going on, so I just tried to get used to the changes. For over a year I lived with irregular heartbeats, the waking up in the middle of the night, the anxiety of knowing that something was wrong but not having any way of treating it or dealing with the symptoms. On that same trip to Mexico, I cracked a tooth that had a large silver amalgam filling in it, and the outside surface of the tooth broke away exposing the entire filling to my mouth. I knew that amalgam fillings were a source of mercury and that mercury is hazardous to one’s health, but I dragged my feet doing anything about it because my long time dentist had retired and I had not yet found another dentist that I wanted to work with. It took me some time to connect the dots between the mercury filling and the cardiac condition. When I began to suspect that my mouth was the source of several health problems that had been plaguing me I began to look for someone with the expertise in dealing with the hazardous materials and that search led me to Dr. Raymond Behm in Clearwater Florida. His website was very impressive, his credentials and reputation were impeccable so I made an appointment to have an initial assessment and to develop a treatment plan. To say that his exam was thorough does not adequately describe that first day. He calls himself a “Holistic Dentist”, and as I have come to learn that means that he treats the whole patient, identifies every issue that the patient is dealing with so that he can develop a complete understanding of the person’s healthcare needs and his unique contributions to their recovery. He has a network of affiliated professionals that he can call on for non-dental-related issues, and he very often recommends seeing one or more of those people to ensure that your immune system is capable of recovering from the dental procedures. Dr. Behm recognized the urgency of removing that exposed filling and he very kindly agreed to work me into his schedule the next morning. His procedures for getting rid of the mercury are extraordinary and once you experience the elaborate precautions that he and his team take during the procedure you have a totally new appreciation for the toxicity of those fillings. That was a month ago now, and during that month the irregular heartbeats have completely disappeared!!! I am totally committed to the plan of removing all the rest of my amalgam fillings and I wouldn’t think of doing it with anyone other than Dr. Behm.

Dr. Behm practices integrative medicine. That is to say that he brings in elements of therapy from many other disciplines in order to treat body, mind, and spirit, and he patiently and tirelessly explains why he uses certain techniques, and the things that he incorporates have proven to be effective over time and with many satisfied and grateful patients. One of the things that he taught me is that each tooth is directly connected via pathways that correspond to the meridians used in acupuncture, to internal organs throughout the body. So infections in the mouth and in cavitations of the jawbone can cause a wide range of problems in the rest of the body, including heart disease, cancer, MS and on and on. For instance, I was diagnosed with collagenous colitis some 12 years ago, and my doctor told me that the condition is “idiopathic”, ie. we don’t know what causes it and we have no effective treatment for it. Anyone who has ever had any kind of colitis knows how limiting the symptoms can be and how much it can affect your life. Looking back at that time, I remember that I had an infected tooth and that my dentist recommended and root canal and crown. We did that procedure but the infection returned multiple times and the antibiotics used to control it were just not effective. The periodontist even did a procedure to surgically treat the roots of that tooth and scrape out the infected bone tissue in hopes that my immune system would clean up the rest of the infection. It helped but did not solve the problem entirely. Dr. Behm showed me that my root canal tooth is directly related to the lungs and the large intestine and that my colitis is likely due to the toxins produced by that dead tooth. Dr. Behm removed that dead tooth one week ago yesterday and I can already tell a huge improvement in my symptoms. I had no idea how this all worked and I bet most people are unaware of how these infections can cause serious and life-threatening conditions in the rest of the body. I am living proof, and I am forever grateful to Dr. Behm.

I have been so impressed with the attention to detail and the amazing concentration that Dr. Behm brings to his practice. It is confidence inspiring to watch him organize the workflow and direct his team members, who are amazing as well. Every moment is a teachable moment and he is a great teacher. His assistants are the best that I have seen and the care and attention that they give to patients is unexpected and so much appreciated. He is a wonderfully kind man with a huge heart and I feel so Blessed to have found him…Thank You, Dr. Behm.