Red light therapy (RLT), also known as photobiomodulation therapy, is a holistic treatment that enhances the natural metabolic processes using red and near-infrared light wavelengths. This minimizes the damage caused by oxidative stress, reducing surface-level signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, as well as your risk of more serious diseases. At The Dental Studio, our dentist and team have invested in a TheraLight photobiomodulation bed in order to offer our patients red light therapy in Sandy, Utah. To talk with Dr. David S. Peterson about whether this treatment could benefit you, call our team at 801-278-4787 today and schedule your appointment at our office.
What Is Oxidative Stress?
Free radicals (molecules with an uneven number of electrons that contain oxygen and trigger chemical reactions in the body) and antioxidants (molecules with extra electrons that can stabilize free radicals in order to prevent cell damage) are both naturally occurring and necessary molecules for maintaining full-body health. Oxidative stress occurs when there are more free radicals than can be stabilized by antioxidants, damaging the body’s proteins and DNA. When left unaddressed, damage caused by oxidative stress can be a contributing factor to a number of serious health concerns, including diabetes, cancer, inflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. It can also affect your skin’s collagen production, meaning you are more likely to develop wrinkles.
There are a number of factors that contribute to oxidative stress, including:
- Diets high in fat, sugar or alcohol
- Exposure to pollution and radiation
- Certain chemicals and pesticides
- Smoking and second-hand smoking tobacco
How Does Red Light Therapy Help?
When it is difficult or impossible to limit the factors that cause oxidative stress in your life, red and near-infrared light therapy can help you restore tissue damaged by an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. At specific wavelengths, red light can activate your metabolic energy processes and increase cell proliferation, which promotes the healing of damaged tissue. Unlike other types of light, red light can penetrate deeper into the skin for deeper, more effective care.
The TheraLight photobiomodulation bed we feature at our practice offers full-body red light therapy to boost your natural healing process and fight off the effects of oxidative stress. To learn more and experience red light therapy for yourself, call or visit our office today.