A New Weapon Against Oral Infection: Structured Silver

Even after you’ve brushed and flossed, your mouth is home to hundreds of species of bacteria. Many of them are helpful. Others contribute to decay, gum disease, and other oral infections.

Maintaining good dental health is largely about encouraging the good microbes and keeping the bad guys in check.

In our office, ozone is one of the main tools we have for doing this during both preventive and surgical procedures. And now we have another, one that Dr. Y is really excited about: structured silver.

silver crystal Over the years, silver preparations have proven effective for stopping the growth and spread of bacteria, yeast, viruses – even malaria. This antimicrobial power was known by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, who used silver containers to keep water fresh and prevent spoilage. Today, silver is commonly used to treat burns and purify water, among other uses.

Obviously, you can’t easily place solid silver directly on a wound or site of infection, let alone take it internally. It’s easier to have it present in a liquid form, but the question is sill “How do you use it safely?” After all, silver can have ill effects when taken in high amounts.

For over a century, the solution has been silver colloids. Colloidal silver contains very small particles of metallic silver dispersed in water. Though using smaller, safer amounts of silver, colloids may be especially effective for fending off microbes.

Though colloidal sliver is safe and readily available, there’s now a new and even more powerful form available: structured silver.

Because structured silver contains very low amounts of the metal, the silver is measured in parts per million, or ppm: one molecule of silver for every 999,999 molecules of water. But how could so little silver be so very powerful? The answer is in the water – structured water, to be exact.

Now, you probably know that each water molecule is made up of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms. That chemical structure is why we call it H2O. In regular, liquid water, each of these molecules is free to move without regard for what the other molecules are doing. But in structured water, the molecules interact with each other through various physical forces, such as hydrogen bonds. These forces aren’t as strong as the chemical bonds that hold each molecule together, but they’re strong enough to make the molecules line up in regular patterns.

This lining-up gives a higher structure to the water. The molecules form complex six-sided and pyramidal structures:

structured water

These are the same sort of alignments that are seen in solid crystals. Because of this, structured water may be thought of as a liquid crystal.

Structured water can make substances within in it work better though a process known as epitaxy. As the Silver Health Institute describes it, epitaxy

is the imprinting of one structure onto another without transferring any matter. Especially from a solid to a liquid, we use it in the semiconductor industry routinely. Without transferring matter, we only transfer the pattern or information. Epitaxy is the transfer of information without any matter.

The power of the silver thus transfers energetically to the structured water, allowing it to do far more than plain silver or silver dispersed in regular water. This allows the silver to work at a distance, without necessarily having to touch a germ directly to kill it.

Structured silver has been proven effective against pathogens (“bad bugs”). One study found it could kill 7 different species of bacteria and yeast, including MRSA.

Here in our office, Dr. Y has been using structured silver after dental surgery to prevent post-op infections. He also recommends it to patients with root canal teeth to control the bacteria that can linger in the tooth after treatment. So far, the results have been amazing – both for us and our patients who ultimately benefit from such advances in biological dentistry.

Silver image by Own work + Waugsberg, via Wikimedia Commons

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