iTOP is a practical, hands-on training programme in biofilm management and patient motivation needed to implement these refined skills on a daily basis.
Individually instructed oral care guidance leading to lifelong oral health – this is the ambitious goal of iTOP.
iTOP consists of four modules – Introductory, Advanced, Recall, and Teacher – and is designed for all dental professionals. Each iTOP module has a hands-on component called "Touch To Teach", which is a unique concept within dental education, where oral hygiene tools and techniques are learned through action.
iTOP courses are led by a certified iTOP lecturer and an instructor team.
The goal of this program is to help participants materialise their aspiration to become an iTOP Instructor or iTOP Lecturer. With dedication and commitment, and through participation in iTOP Teacher seminar locally and internationally, both certifications can be successfully earned.
iTOP Introductory is the starting level of the programme that provides the foundation for all subsequent seminars.
The Introductory programme explores the current shortcomings of daily dental prophylaxis and prophylactic education. It teaches how to improve oral health by practising proper techniques and using the right tools.
The goal of this level for participants to undersand the philosophy and concept behind iTOP, refine oral hygiene techniques and get set to share this knowledge with their patients.
The following iTOP Advanced level involves a deeper dive into the implementation of techniques learned in dental practice, with more time for individual feedback, questions and discussion.
The afternoon sessions cover the practical Touch to Teach (T2T), where methods and techniques for daily biofilm management are learned in a small group setting.
The goal of this programme is to prepare students become effective instructors that will teach patients how to properly use appropriate prophylactic tools and methods.
iTOP Recall is an annual refresher seminar for professionals who already hold an iTOP Advance certification. The seminar is focused on T2T practice and skill recalibrations, which will assist participants in using the necessary methods and techniques proficiently.
The goal of this level is to to provide participants with certification revalidation for another year.
iTOP Teacher is designed specifically for dentists and dental hygienists who would like to instruct and teach dental students and professionals in an iTOP seminar. The intensive four-day seminar involves T2T sessions taught by highly trained experts and has a student-teacher ratio of 1:2.
The goal of this level is to obtain certification as an iTOP Instructor.
Participation in the Teacher seminar requires a minimum of three-day pre-training in iTOP and a recommendation from a local iTOP Lecturer.