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Interview: “Correct biofilm management needs to be learnt by doing”

September 28, 2020 | Advertorial, Interviews

Although dental students are well aware that a proper oral care routine is key to a healthy mouth, hands-on instruction is usually absent from the curricula. The iTOP—short for individually trained oral prophylaxis—prevention programme fills this gap, teaching students perfect oral hygiene skills and how to instruct patients and motivate them to sustain lifelong oral health. Dental Tribune International spoke to Dr Tihana Divnic-Resnik, a senior lecturer and co-ordinator at the University of Sydney. She has introduced iTOP at the university's Dental School to benefit her students, as well as their future patients.

Preventing and treating cancer therapy complications—“Dental professionals must always be alert”

September 02, 2020 | Advertorial, Interviews

Cancer treatment, by definition, is highly cytotoxic: radiotherapy and chemotherapy cause death of or damage to cells of the oral cavity, and the side effects vary from patient to patient. In a free webinar on Friday, 4 September, researcher and dental surgeon Dr Juliana Schussel, who is also an adjunct professor in the graduate dentistry programme at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba in Brazil, will be teaching dental professionals how to prevent and treat cancer complications before, during and after treatment. A special focus will be placed on oral mucositis, as well as medication- and radiation-related osteonecrosis of the jaws.

Teaching perfect brushing with iTOP—”Individual instruction and practical training are key”

August 27, 2020 | Advertorial

The iTOP—which stands for individually trained oral prophylaxis—training programme is for dental professionals who want to set up patients for a lifetime of oral health. In an iTOP session, dental professionals learn about the correct tools and techniques for perfect brushing and oral care through hands-on practice so that they can teach patients in turn. Dentist and iTOP trainer Dr Franka Baranović Huber explained how practical brushing skills are still lacking among dentists and how exactly patients can benefit from iTOP.

“We’ve had minor issues lead to missed time”—Dr Andrew Sarowitz on treating professional athletes

August 26, 2020 | Advertorial

Periodontal disease, acute trauma, ill-fitting mouth guards—these are just a few examples of problems that could compromise athletic performance. As a result, sports teams in most countries have realized the need for specialized dental care, and dentists are increasingly being regarded as essential members of the sports medical team. New York-based dentist Dr Andrew Sarowitz is in charge of the dental health of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Brooklyn Nets basketball team and works with mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.

Interview: “Orthodontists should see their patients through the eyes of a periodontist”

August 24, 2020 | Advertorial

According to Dr Jean-Marc Dersot, plaque control is an often neglected but crucial factor in successful orthodontic treatment. Dersot being a past president of the Société Française de Parodontologie et d’Implantologie Orale (French society of periodontology and oral implantology), his favourite topic is the relationship between orthodontics and periodontics, and his output on the topic as an editor and researcher is prolific. “In order to avoid orthodontic side effects, orthodontists need to safeguard the periodontal tissue,” Dersot stressed.

More prevention, more follow-up visits—“the BOB App engages patients in their own health”

August 14, 2020 | Advertorial

Curaden’s BOB App is an easy-to-use app that allows you to keep track of your patients’ interdental bleeding and provide them with a mouth map indicating which interdental brush to use for each interdental space. The app motivates patients to reduce and eliminate their BOB (bleeding on brushing) scores at home through daily interdental cleaning and come back for regular prevention-based check-ups. South Korean dentist Dr Yohan Shin has successfully introduced the app as a motivational tool to engage patients in their own oral health.

For young people too, interdental brushing should be a daily habit

August 11, 2020 | Advertorial

According to Prof. Denis Bourgeois, dental professionals should instruct patients from a young age to make interdental brushes an integral part of their daily brushing routine. This is important in order to avoid future periodontal and systemic disease. Recently, he was part of a team of researchers who evaluated the efficacy of calibrated interdental brushing for the prevention of periodontal pathogen infection in young adults. The results of the study showed that participants were able to decrease interdental inflammation and re-establish symbiotic microbiota.

Plaque control measures and thrust for preventive dentistry—dentists’ attitude

July 10, 2020 | News

Periodontitis is pandemic in nature and distributed all over the world. The disease’s prevalence and burden on oral health in India is no different, and periodontitis shows no discrimination between race, sex, caste or creed. Many studies quote an incidence rate of greater than 30% among the global adult population. The numbers are staggering: more than 300 million people in India have periodontitis. If we consider gingivitis, the numbers are even more mind-boggling. Periodontitis remains the single largest reason for loss of teeth currently. Although many risk factors and predisposing factors are attributed to the aetiology of periodontitis, dental plaque is the predominant reason and the most easily modifiable risk factor to prevent periodontal disease.

Five ways in which Perio Plus+ Regenerate protects your patients

June 29, 2020 | Advertorial

KRIENS, Switzerland: A proper mouthrinse at the proper time can go a long way towards protecting your patient’s oral and overall health. Perio Plus+ Regenerate is a mouthwash that will help you do just that, in five different ways.

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