What is ozone? Ozone is a chemical compound consisting of three atoms of oxygen. It is the elemental form of oxygen that occurs naturally as a result of ultraviolet energy or lightning, causing a temporary recombination of oxygen atoms into groups of three. Ozone protects living organisms by surrounding the earth at altitudes of 50,000 to 100,000 feet. The ozone layer absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, thus allowing for survival of plant and animal life.
Ozone forms near ground level as a result of the reaction of ultraviolet light with hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur compounds to produce photochemical smog. Ozone is not the cause of smog, but it is a by-product.
Since ozone is a powerful oxidizer, it actually helps clean the atmosphere of these dangerous compounds. Ozone is used as a measuring device for smog levels – to reiterate, it is not smog, but nature’s way of cleaning up the smog.
The properties of ozone are the foundation of what makes it work so well in dentistry. Ozone is a powerful oxidizer – it effectively kills bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites at a dramatically lower concentration than chlorine, with none of the toxic side effects. One ozone molecule equals between 3,000 to 10,000 chlorine molecules which kills pathogenic organisms more than 3,000 times faster.
Dr. Georgaklis is an expert in ozone therapy in San Diego and is one of the only locations providing ozone dentistry. Ozone cannot be stored or purchased; therefore it must be made in the office with his special ozone generator at the time of treatment. To learn more about ozone and how it can be applied to your holistic dental health visit our San Diego la Jolla office near University Towne Center.
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