A new, blue approach to tackling peri-implantitis

BLUEM As MORE implants are placed, it is inevitable that more problems occur, and the treatment of these is one of the hot topics at most dental conferences worldwide. So what potential do topical oxygen treatments have for reducing the effects of peri-implantitis? Wound-healing requires that a variety of cells increase their metabolic activity for the reparative processes to progress satisfactorily. This results in a high demand for oxygen in the tissues. Even though the role of oxygen in wound- healing is not yet fully understood, many observations have shown it to be enhanced by increasing pO2 levels in the tissues. By contrast, severe and destructive processes have been shown to occur under hypoxia. Peri-implantitis and periodontitis are bacterial infections with hronic inflammation characteristics. It has been shown that the pO2 value in areas of peri-implantitis is significantly lower than in healthy tissue. Moreover, the pO2 value has been shown to correlate with pocket depth – the deeper the pocket, the lower the pO2 value. These lower oxygen levels can reduce the body’s resistance to bacteria and hence the healing potential of the wound. blue m is one product that is showing promising results in the treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis. blue m utilises the power of dissolved oxygen in a controlled manner directly to the treatment site. Low concentrations of sodium perborate (hydrogen peroxide) and enzyme glucose oxidase (GOX – found in honey) promotes a more rapid healing process. Through stimulating the wound-healing process, the regeneration of new blood cells is achieved.

What makes blue m products different from others available on the market?

blue m has a unique combination of ingredients that release the desired dosage of oxygen to give the desired therapeutic effect. Its main ingredients include:

  • Lactoferrin
  • Xylitol 
  • Honey
  • Oxygen.

What is the effect of honey?

Honey gradually releases oxygen when in contact with saliva in the mouth. This process is called glucose oxidase (GOX). Honey helps to eliminate six of the most common oral bacteria types that cause periodontitis and peri-implantitis. Besides the elimination of ‘bad’ bacteria, honey helps to reduce plaque formation and has healing properties for the gingiva.

Does honey contain sugars? If so, isn’t that bad for the teeth?

Honey contains sugars but has no negative effect on the teeth. Bacteria in the mouth converts sugar and other digestible carbohydrates into acids. These acids dissolve the enamel of your teeth. The oxygen from blue m kills the bacteria.

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a natural sweetener that occurs in fibres of many fruits and vegetables and has a positive effect on teeth. In the USA, the FDA recommends it as product against tooth decay. It has a fresh taste and is therefore widely used in chewing gum.

What is lactoferrin?

Lactoferrin is an anti-inflammatory protein that belongs to the humeral component of the defence mechanism of the body. Humeral components are enzymes that are present in the body that inhibit pathogens, or that activate other cells or enzymes that clean up pathogens. Lactoferrin also works as a powerful antioxidant. It activates DNA to produce a strong immune  esponse against bacteria, viruses and fungi. Using blue m prior to surgery eliminates any bad bacteria within the mouth that could create infection during surgery, preventing any complications that may occur. Post-surgery, blue m implant care accelerates the healing process and helps to maintain a healthy mouth and gums .