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The History of Ozone in Dentistry

The history of ozone in dentistry is a story of innovation and progress in the field of dental care. Ozone, a gas composed of three oxygen molecules, has been used in the medical field for over a century. However, its use in dentistry is relatively new and has only become popular in the last few decades. 

The discovery of ozone can be traced back to the mid-19th century when the German scientist Christian Friedrich Schönbein discovered the gas and named it after the Greek word “ozein,” which means “to smell.” Schönbein noticed that ozone had a distinctive, pungent odor and that it was an effective oxidizing agent.

In the early 20th century, ozone began to be used in the medical field as a disinfectant. Its strong oxidizing properties made it an ideal candidate for sterilizing surfaces and killing bacteria. The use of ozone in dentistry, however, didn’t occur until much later.
In the 1980s, a German dentist named Dr. Horst F. Rilling discovered that ozone could be used to treat periodontitis, a serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Dr. Rilling found that ozone could effectively kill the bacteria that cause the disease and could also help to heal the damaged tissues in the mouth.

Since then, the use of ozone in dentistry has become increasingly popular. Today, ozone is used in a variety of dental treatments, including teeth whitening, cavity treatment, and gum disease treatment. In many cases, ozone can be used as an alternative to traditional treatments, such as antibiotics and surgery, which can have side effects and require extensive recovery time.

One of the major advantages of ozone in dentistry is its ability to quickly kill bacteria and viruses in the mouth. This makes it an ideal choice for patients who have compromised immune systems or who are prone to infections. Ozone is also fast-acting and can produce results in just a few minutes, which makes it a convenient option for busy patients.

Another advantage of ozone in dentistry is that it is a natural, safe, and non-invasive treatment option. Unlike traditional treatments, ozone does not require any incisions, injections, or drugs. This makes it an ideal choice for patients who are concerned about the side effects of traditional treatments.

In conclusion, the history of ozone in dentistry is a story of progress and innovation. From its discovery in the mid-19th century to its widespread use in dental treatments today, ozone has proven to be a valuable tool in the fight against dental problems. With its fast-acting, natural, and safe properties, ozone is set to play an even greater role in the future of dental care.

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Lorena Rodriguez
Lorena Rodriguez
I have to say I was very lucky today and at the same time very thankful that I have met this doctor that open my eyes to a lot of things and I like his way of showing you. The process is very educational.
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Felicia Kruger
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Sarah Drobny
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Amber Cogo
Amber Cogo
Dr. Eccles' office staff are always so friendly and helpful that it never ceases to leave me with the biggest smile on my face (and that's before they even touch my mouth!) They treat you like family every time. They are honest and do solid work - no surprises. Just genuine care. Super appreciative for all that they do.
Kirsten Rose
Kirsten Rose
Dr. Eccles and his staff are cheerful, knowledgeable, meticulous, and principled. I trust my dental health to no other. I drive all the way from Berkeley because I know I can trust them.
Amanda Little
Amanda Little
Dr. Eccles is a wonderful and very knowledgeable dentist. He doesn't waste any time to help you find relief and get to the root of your issues. His staff is also very friendly, accommodating, and easy to work with. I travel 1.5 hours to see him and it has been well worth the drive each time. Highly recommend to anyone in the Bay or surrounding areas.
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Dan Jason
Dan Jason
The doctor, office manager, assistant, and hygienist are all a 5!
Melinda Pilapil de Ocampo
Melinda Pilapil de Ocampo
I am grateful I found Doctor Eccles. He is a very honest dentist and he will only recommend services that are required. I love that he uses the holistic approach. Audrey is the best as well. She is very positive and explains everything to you. Your co pay and out of pocket cost if any. I enjoy coming here. Great customer service. The staff are all nice and always greet you with a smile. The Hygienist is also so thorough in cleaning my teeth. I love this place. Positive experience everytime I go here! They care.

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