Can Red Light Therapy Help With Oral Health?
In a world of selfies and video conferencing, we all want our smiles to look our best. Not only does it look great, but a healthy smile relates to overall health, too. Excellent oral hygiene includes a combination of regular dentist visits and a good dental hygiene routine at home. Thanks to newer technology, there are over-the-counter alternatives that you can add to your dental cleaning regimen, including LED red light therapy for teeth and gums.
Light therapy is known in the beauty world first and foremost for treating skin conditions. Red and infrared light primarily treat wrinkles and conditions related to inflammation, while blue light treats acne. Many people also rely on LED light technology for pain relief purposes, but if you have never explored it for oral health, now is the time to learn more about what it can do for you.
Why Is Oral Health Important to Enjoy a Healthy Life?
Yes, we all want smiles worth a million bucks, but good oral health will dictate a lot about the rest of your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, conditions like cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia, and pregnancy or birth complications can be associated with poor oral health. Plus, a healthy mouth is essential to prevent other problems like bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. The importance of oral health shouldn’t go unnoticed if you want to enjoy a long, healthy life with healthy white teeth. After all, there is no turning back to fixing them once they start to decay.
Using Red Light Therapy for Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining good oral health. With some bacteria only found specifically in the mouth, it’s essential to follow a proper oral hygiene routine. Besides brushing and flossing regularly, just a few minutes of daily light therapy can help whiten teeth, prevent gum disease, relieve inflammation, and combat bacteria that cause bad breath.
Red light therapy increases circulation and speeds up the replacement of old cells, known as cell turnover. By deeply penetrating the skin, red light promotes blood flow and helps repair damaged tissue. In the same way that light therapy can reduce dark spots and wrinkles to improve our skin health, it can strengthen our gum health, and even reduce pain from temporomandibular disorders and cold sores.
Blue Light Therapy for Teeth Whitening
In addition to red light therapy, oral care might also include safe, non-UV blue lights to increase the effectiveness of whitening products. Even when you take excellent care of your teeth, drinks like coffee and red wine can stain the enamel and, over time, the underlying dentin.
Using a bleaching product causes a chemical reaction to open the pores of the teeth and lift discoloration. Blue light speeds up this process and enhances the overall final whiteness of the teeth. After a professional whitening, you can improve and maintain your results by using an oral care light device at home.
Red Light Therapy for Oral Health FAQ
We’ll now answer a few common questions we receive about red light therapy for oral health:
1. Does Red Light Help Gum Disease?
Fortunately, you can treat mild gum disease with red light therapy. The CDC estimates that 46% of all adults age 30 and older show signs of gum disease, which has been linked to other conditions like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory disease.
With just 10 minutes of red light therapy, users can reduce the markers indicating early gingivitis and combat gum disease. Many also use red light therapy for receding gums since it reduces inflammation and gum tissue damage.
2. Does LED Light Help Whiten Teeth?
Red light, blue light therapy, or a combination of both devices are often available at dentist offices to help whiten teeth. You can also use LED light devices at home to accelerate the bleaching process by applying an over-the-counter peroxide-containing whitening gel or strip while performing your light therapy treatment.
3. Is LED Light Safe for the Teeth?
LED light is safe for your teeth. It is normal to associate the color red with something negative or dangerous, but red light and non-UV blue light therapy are safe to use in your mouth. Dentistry journals have long written about the benefits of light in treating periodontal pathogens and whitening teeth.
Now LED technology is available for home use. The blue LEDs in the dpl® Oral Care use non-UV wavelengths of light, so there is no danger from UV radiation. As with anything, use your dpl® device as instructed for safety. Always consult with your dentist or professional hygienist before beginning a whitening or oral care regimen.
About the dpl® Oral Care Device
The dpl® Oral Care device uses infrared, red, and non-UV blue light to treat all the things mentioned above. Also, it’s super easy to use — just 10 to 20 minutes per treatment is all you need to use this device, depending on your goal.
The features and benefits of dpl® Oral Care include:
- FDA-cleared LED therapy technology
- FSA- and HSA-approved
- Relief of oral inflammation
- Improved gum health
- Whiten teeth
- Six-month warranty
The dpl® Oral Care device features LEDs that shine infrared, red, and non-UV blue light on the mouth tray. When you grip the tray gently between your teeth, the lights shine onto your teeth and gums to deliver unique effects.
To boost your gum health, the recommended frequency is once a day for 10 minutes. If your goal is to whiten your teeth, make it a habit to do two to three weekly treatments for at least 20 minutes each. The blue LED light increases the effectiveness of whitening strips and gels, so you will need to use the whitening agent while performing the light therapy treatment.
Our Natural LED Light Therapy Can Whiten Your Teeth
Red and infrared light soothe and energize your mouth’s cells to promote healing and provide relief, while blue light increases the effectiveness of whitening gels and strips and destroys bacteria. Taking care of your teeth can encourage better overall health, and combining proper oral hygiene and LED light therapy will produce fantastic results.
At LED Technologies, our products use medical-grade, FDA-cleared LEDs to provide pain relief, treat acne, reduce wrinkles, and freshen your smile. dpl® Oral Care is an innovative tool that will take your oral hygiene to the next level. By destroying bacteria, dpl® Oral Care will help you keep your mouth clean and freshen your breath while combating gum disease, receding gums, and cold sores, and enhancing your smile.
Experience the power of light therapy at home
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