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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2018

| practical prophylaxis Ozone therapy in dentistry: notably effective in accelerating pre- and postoperative healing By DTI Over the last few decades, the use of ozone in den- tistry has been established as an effective, minimally in- vasive therapeutic modality with an increasing number of applications. Sixty years after Dr Joachim Hänsler patented his OZONOSAN, the first medical ozone water generator with an exact dosage output, family-owned company Dr. J. Hänsler has become a leader in ozone technology with applications in medical and dental hygiene. We interviewed Managing Director Dr Renate Viebahn-Hänsler, who is also a board member of the Eu- ropean Committee of the International Ozone Association, and Yvonne Hoffmann, Managing Director of Hoffmann Dental Manufaktur, which took over the global sales and distribution of the OZONOSAN dental water unit in 2017. What is ozone used for in dentistry? Dr Renate Viebahn-Hänsler: The use of ozone in dentis- try extends back to the 1930s, which is when scientists first discovered its properties and started to use it for a number of applications, such as wound cleansing, mouth rinsing and disinfecting. Ozone is also notably effective in accelerating pre- and postoperative healing of the oral mucosa. Nowadays, ozone therapy in dentistry is mainly used in clinics for holistic dentistry, but owing to its disin- fectant properties, ozonised water could be of great help after dental implant surgery and should be introduced in periodontal treatment, as well as any form of oral or dental surgery, in the future. How did you become aware of ozone’s potential? Viebahn-Hänsler: I have been in the medical ozone business for over 30 years. In this time, a significant amount of research on the topic has been conducted, including much research specifically related to dentistry. Those who are interested can find these publications listed on our website, 66 prevention 1 2018

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