Just 25 years ago, the possibility of reversing dental caries by a simple 40-second procedure was but a dream; dental research had got as far as recognising that caries was an infection, but then dentists proceeded to amputate the infected portion of tooth rather than treat it pharmaceutically. This culture of ‘drilln’fill’ entered the patient into a cyclical treatment pattern of further, increasingly expensive restorative care that would fail at some point in the future. There is a great deal of research on prevention and the use of various medicaments, but none provided the reliability the dental profession and the general public were looking for.
Yet our general medical colleagues stopped cutting off infected appendages over 100 years ago, by managing the infection with ozone and later, by modern antibiotics. For some reason, the dental profession failed to see what their medical counter parts were doing – as speed became a consuming goal and religion, the air-driven turbine was the instrument of choice, and tissue destruction continued unabated.
The movement within the dental profession in the 1990’s towards Minimal Intervention (MI) concepts slowly filtered through the dental profession, but as it was taken up in practice, new research left these new-age practitioners realising that MI was not Minimal, but still Macro-Intervention. The tools the dental profession used were large and destructive. As smaller and smaller instruments were made, the dental profession realised they needed better vision and started to use magnification to work. Operating microscopes, higher-powered magnification, intra-oral cameras and air abraision became the norm for a small group of dental practitioners who had moved on to true Micro-Invaisive dental care.
And then in the early 21st Century, the dream became the reality; The ultimate goal of arresting and reversing decay with a simple procedure was first published by Lynch in 1998 and its predictability by Holmes in 2003.
As further research has been published from around the world, the use of ozone has moved from a narrow focussed application, to full integration into every aspect of modern dental treatment and care. Its future in dental care is assured as it is cheap, predictable, non-invasive, and does not hurt – every thing that the patient demands, and the dental profession aspires to provide.
This collection of Essays, Research Papers and Texts has been drawn together from over the past 7 years and before that for the general ozone research. It has been expanded into the Medical & Veterinary Professions as we are all part of the same profession - 'Healers' - irrespective of the origins of our patients, be they dental, medical, or animal.
My thanks go out to every dental, medical & veterinary pracitioner who has read or listened as Professor Edward Lynch and I have lectured around the world for the past 15 years, and taken up the challenge of changing their core beliefs; to those who have put down the drill and said 'No More!';
To the thousands of people - patients - whose dental & medical experiances have been changed, and then told us about it;
To the few who said it could not be done - they unwhittingly provided the fire and inspiration to prove them wrong!;
To the various US Dental Associations and the FDA in the USA - some of these organisation tried hard to silence the ozone research, lectures and usage of ozone in general practice;
To Edward Lynch, as without his incisive perception that it was worth persuing, ozone in dental care would not have made it to the dental clinic. Edward Lynch has been the constant factor in this research - mine and the first research monographs that were published early in the 21st Century; he has been my life-long friend and mentor.
To Johan, as without his skill, knowledge and passion, there would be no CMU3, CMU4, RAS Mk1 or Mk2-Pro, the Pem-Duo or any of the other products and concepts we have challenged each other with.
Adam & Rachael, who have accepted their father is a mad professor at times.
Ingrid, who has brought a smile back to my face and showed me how to live life.
To Chris, Bill, Ray, Mark, Tim and James in the USA, Cedric in UAE, Henry in Australia and Yasmin in Europe - you constantly asked for more data and beleived;
And lastly, to all the guys in North America and around the world who decided that people were more important than prescriptive dogma.
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