Light therapy is nothing new in the beauty and wellness world. You probably know it best for its aesthetic treatment benefits. Red light has long been used to treat aging skin, while blue light is best known for its skin-clearing benefits. Advancements in light therapies, including the introduction of at-home options, make this an ever-growing trend that allows us to experience the non-invasive benefits of light therapy in the comfort of our own homes. But did you know that the benefits of light therapy extend well beyond the skin? In fact, some of the newest technologies allow us to maintain optimal oral health between dental visits. Here’s your guide to light therapy for oral health.
Why is Oral Health Important?
The Mayo Clinic directly links oral health to overall health through studies suggesting oral bacteria, inflammation, and gum disease (periodontitis) play a role in some diseases such as endocarditis, cardiovascular disease, and birth complications. It sounds like an odd connection at first, but gum disease is the most common chronic inflammatory condition in the world. And where there is chronic inflammation, there is a risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream and affecting other vital organs and essential bodily functions.
Without proper oral hygiene, oral bacteria can reach levels that also lead to severe tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
"It's time to ditch the practices our parents grew up with and put preventative practices into our daily lives that will not only improve our smiles, but overall health." Trina Felber, RN, MSN, Natural Dental Expert
The Benefits of Light Therapy
Light therapy has been used by professionals for over 50 years now and helps to:
- Relieve pain,
- Rejuvenate aging skin,
- Treat blemishes,
- Improve seasonal affective disorder, and even
- Heal wounds.
Beyond providing benefits and healing properties to the issues listed above, light therapy has mass amounts of benefits to your oral health, too!
Healthier Teeth & Gums
LED light therapy can be used to regenerate parts of the tooth and gums (similar to how it’s used for replacing and regenerating skin cells). It disperses doses of low-level red light at wavelengths proven to improve blood flow, encourage cell turnover, increase circulation, and repair damaged tissue.
Studies prove that daily use of oral blue light therapy provides continuous reduction of pathogenic oral bacteria that cause plaque, gingivitis, and gum disease.
Blue light is well-known for its teeth whitening qualities. In several clinical studies, blue light was shown to eliminate discoloration by causing a chemical reaction that lifts years of stains off of the teeth’s enamel.
Research shows that red light improves the speed and effectiveness of regenerating the dentin layer of the tooth, which leads to a decrease in tooth sensitivity.
Bringing Light Therapy for Oral Health Home
"The mouth is always exposed to bacteria, sugars, and acids that can form their own biofilm known as plaque. Red and blue LED light therapy can be an effective way to bust up plaque, destroy harmful bacteria and heal gum tissue on 'as needed basis' in the comfort of your home. Essentially, you become your own dental hygienist." says Trina
Using red and blue light therapy at home to accelerate your oral health is more convenient and available than ever. This is great for those wanting to maintain oral health between dental visits and even reverse damage while forgoing expensive in-office dental procedures. But be wary when looking for the at-home treatment device that is right for you and your oral health. Not all devices are created equal, so look for a device that has proven and advanced technologies, like this one from Primal Life Organics.
The Real White Teeth Whitening System uses the same red and blue light therapy technology for oral health as mentioned above. Red light soothes gums while blue light whitens your teeth. Visibly whiter and healthier smile in just 16 minutes a day!
What we love about it:
This peroxide-free solution to teeth whitening uses a gentle ingredient called nano-hydroxyapatite. Unlike peroxide, it won’t cause pain or damage to the tooth’s enamel. Primal Life uses nano-hydroxyapatite to ensure the minerals are small enough to get into every little crack and crevice of your tooth's enamel. This efficiently remineralizes the enamel, making your teeth stronger, whiter, and healthier.
Hydroxyapatite is a mineral that occurs naturally in our teeth (it makes up 97% of the tooth’s enamel) and bones. It can protect the tooth’s outer layer, prevent demineralization, and even rebuild enamel.
You can now whiten your teeth at home without the use of damaging and painful peroxide. Primal Life's REAL WHITE TEETH WHITENER combines both red and blue light therapy, and can be paired with REAL WHITE GELS made from olive oil, clays, hydroxyapatite, PAP, and essential oils to help soothe, cleanse, and heal the gums while strengthening the teeth.
Don't wait for your dentist to tell you that you have gum disease... by then it's too late. Utilize red and blue LED Teeth Whitening Treatments 2-3 days a week and get that naturally white smile with fresh tasting breath without stepping foot in the dentist office.