BlueM oral hygiene products, based on the release of natural oxygen, have been on the market for a few years. We use them in our practice to the benefit of our patients. What is so special about these products?
By Ronald Muts en Michela Martorino
BlueM products were developed by a team of implantologists, oral surgeons and dentist led by oral surgeon Dr. Peter Blijdorp. Initially, BlueM oxygen gel was used primarily in lager maxillary reconstructions using bone from the iliac crest. Attendant on such reconstructions, dehiscence and necrosis of the exposed bone regularly caused bone loss. BlueM oral gel was used in attempts to counteract this bone loss. It proved to work quite well. It is striking that there were fewer complications and faster healing.
The explanation for BlueM's effect derives from oxygen's effect on tissue and bacteria. Research on the uses for the hyperbaric oxygen tank and the effects of oxygen on anaerobic bacteria support the working of bluem. Medicine has used oxygen for more than a century. Pure oxygen is actually a medicine that promotes:
- Removal of toxins
- Stimulation and formation of new blood cells
- Increase in production of stem cells more rapid healing
- Antibacterial effect
- Anti-histamine effect
- Anti-mycotic effect
BlueM's effectiveness results from the interaction of its various ingredients. Among BlueM's active ingredients are elements coming from honey enzymes and sodium perborate. BlueM releases oxygen as soon as it comes in contact with body fluids like saliva. This oxygen penetrates deeply into tissues and reaches the places where it is really needed. This keeps the pockets of teeth, molars and implants free of harmful bacteria. BlueM releases oxygen in a concentration that is therapeutic for the body. This differs, for instance, from pure sodium perborate which produces a brief explosion of oxygen with no therapeutic effect.
Honey enzymes have an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effect1. In activating the glucose oxidase system, BlueM eliminates the bacteria that cause dental plaque, gingivitis and pyorrhoea. This keeps gums healthy. In addition BlueM promotes the production of new blood vessels and restores the damaged cells around implants and natural elements.
In addition to components with oxygen, BlueM also contains other materials with an antibacterial effect, e.g. xylitol. Xylitol is a natural extract from birch bark. Recent studies have attributed an antibacterial effect to xylitol in cases of Porphyromonas gingivalis2. Antibacterial effects are also ascribed to an increase in osmotic value.
In addition to toothpaste, BlueM has a mouthwash, an endodontic rinse, an oral gel and a mouth spray. The endodontic rinse has twice the oxygen concentration of the mouthwash and the oral gel has an oxygen concentration five times greater than the toothpaste.
BlueM toothpaste has a neutral pH value and contains no abrasive elements or micro-plastics. This prevents damage to tooth and implant surfaces. BlueM contains no fluoride. The toothpaste and mouthwash have the characteristic fresh taste of wintergreen oil (Gaultheria procumbens) and are turquoise in colour.
A 39-year-old man signed up as new patient in our practice. Intra-oral examination showed that peri-implantitis at 36 with bone loss and some mobility (Fig. 1). After some tips on oral hygiene, we performed a curettage on the pyorrhoea around 36, which was then treated with BlueM. For this we used a procedure in which we squirted oral gel deeply around the implant with a syringe, at first weekly, then bi-weekly. After one minute, the gel was rinsed away with NaCl, after which get was again applied and left in place. The patient was instructed to brush twice daily with BlueM toothpaste, to rinse twice daily with BlueM mouthwash and to rub BlueM oral gel around the implant once a day (in the evening after rinsing). After three months, we reduced the professional application of gel to once every three months, while the patient was to continue with the procedure described above. After a year, we took another X-ray (Fig. 2).
It clearly shows new vertical bone growth. Pocket depth fell from nine to four mm. Tissue around the implant was no longer red and swollen. The gum again fit tightly around the implant. There was no bleeding during examination and the implant showed no mobility.
Fig. 1: Situation before treatment Fig. 2: Situation after treatment
Our practice's experience with BlueM is such that we clearly consider it a benefit to oral health. It reduces the amount of plaque and tartar, visibly improves gum quality, offers great support for the treatment of periodontal problems and peri-implantitis, reduces formation of chancre soars and cold sores, leads to fresher breath and helps heal wounds.
1) Honey Versus Chlorhexidine: J Periodontol, September 2012
2) Xylitol inhibits inflammatory cytokine expression induced by lipopolysaccharide from Porphyromonas gingivalis: Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2005 Nov;12(11):1285-91.