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Interview: “Many patients look to us for guidance”

October 19, 2021 | Advertorial

A practicing dentist in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Uche Odiatu is also a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, boot camp instructor and the author of The Miracle of Health. In an upcoming webinar hosted by Curaden Academy, he will be discussing how physical activity, healthy eating and adequate rest can be extremely beneficial for dental patients’ ability to heal. Dr. Odiatu spoke with Dental Tribune International about the importance of educating patients on the links between oral and systemic health.

A programme for perfect prevention—seventh iTOP Symposium takes place in Vienna

October 06, 2021 | Advertorial

VIENNA, Austria: Thirty top-level iTOP instructors recently met in Vienna for the seventh iTOP Symposium—a week full of brushing and oral health lectures. Individually trained oral prophylaxis (iTOP) is a hands-on prophylaxis training programme for dental professionals and students aimed at enabling them to perfect their biofilm management skills. The symposium, which takes places each year, serves as a recall for all lecturers in order to keep their skills up to date and to ensure continuous top-notch education in their respective countries.

Better habits for better health—how changing ourselves could change prevention

July 12, 2021 | Education

KRIENS, Switzerland: Stable routines lie at the heart of habits. Lately, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the challenge of fostering habits in times that are disruptive. Taking the view that periods of change provide opportunities for creating habits that promote better health, a recent study by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute explored what support is needed to achieve this. The answer? A prevention-based healthcare system that is nothing like the one we know today.

A practice exclusively for children: “We turn every appointment into a party”

July 02, 2021 | Advertorial

BERGEN OP ZOOM, Netherlands: Blij Gebit (Dutch for “happy teeth”) is a dental hygiene practice aimed specifically at children. It was started in the town of Bergen Op Zoom earlier this year by dental hygienist Stefanie Verdaasdonk, who runs the practice with her assistant, Daniëlle van de Water. The unique mix of child psychology, prevention and coaching—but also the inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm of Verdaasdonk and Van de Water—make Blij Gebit a place where children go with pleasure, even those with a fear of the dentist. “Living to be 100 with healthy teeth, that’s the goal,” said Verdaasdonk, “and also having fun. We turn every appointment into a party.”

Rinsing against COVID-19—one mouthwash reduces the risk of infection

June 29, 2021 | Advertorial

LYON, France: In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers from Claude Bernard Lyon University in Lyon in France have shown that Perio plus regenerate mouthwash reduces the risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2. The mouthwash reduces the viral load in the mouth by 71% after a single rinse, aiding the immune system in controlling the start of infection.

Interview: Correcting your own oral hygiene habits is the best way to help patients

May 05, 2021 | Advertorial, Interviews

Too often, dental students have to rely on textbook examples or only receive limited practical training when it comes to improving their oral hygiene skills. Dr Isabel Martínez Lizán is a professor of preventive and community dentistry at the University of Barcelona in Spain and takes her dental students through iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis. Thanks to the iTOP training programme, dental students learn the correct tools and techniques for perfect brushing through hands-on practice, so they in turn can set up their future patients for a lifetime of oral health.

“The BOB-App generates more recalls because it changes the nature of the appointment”

March 05, 2021 | Advertorial

Although most oral diseases originate interdentally, the majority of patients stick to cleaning the tooth surfaces only. Jagoda Weihönig, a dental hygienist and iTOP lecturer based in Cracow in Poland, has been using the BOB-App to motivate patients to brush interdentally daily and to come back for regular recalls. With a mouth map and a simple inflammation score for each patient, the BOB-App helps practices to document the oral health of their patients easily and motivates patients to improve their scores with each visit.

“Behavioural change is the main pillar of the future dental practice”

February 24, 2021 | Advertorial

Ensuring patients maintain good treatment results and practise good oral hygiene at home is easier said than done. Changing such habits for the better is a long-term process, and on top of that, no two patients are the same. According to Dr Mário Rui Araújo—a dental hygienist, doctor of health psychology and director of the dental hygiene programme at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre in Portugal—dental hygienists will play an ever more important role in the dental practice of the future. Their position is key to instilling positive behavioural change in patients, and setting them up for a lifetime of oral health as a result.

“Diabetes shouldn’t be an issue for the child, but it requires discipline from the parents”

November 06, 2020 | Education, News

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands: November is diabetes awareness month at Curaden Academy. Diabetes mellitus is the third most common chronic disease in children and adolescents and requires constant monitoring and treatment in the form of insulin injections. Curaden’s Tom Huigen knows all about it. At 9 months old, his son Roef was one of the youngest patients in the Netherlands to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. According to Tom, consistent follow-up is crucial, not only to ensure good systemic and oral health, but also to provide a structure in which a child can be a child. He spoke to Dental Tribune International about how the condition influences daily life for the whole family.

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