Find here all that iTOP did around the world and what could be news to your ears.


The Oral Systemic Connection: Success Has Never Been Healthier!

Don't miss the chance to participate in the webinar of Dr. Kyle Ash. He will communicate the link between oral and overall health, putting focus on prevention, rediscovering your passion towards helping patents in all aspects of their health and enjoy working with innovative products.

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🎀DAY 12 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🎀 Toothbrush is timeless. But our countdown sadly is not. Share this post and remind your dental friends again of the give-aways on iTOP. Sharing is caring 😃 Among all publicly shared post we gift two chairside boxes. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP for Students, Prague

When you thought that we were done after iTOP Teacher, then you probably don't know us. From 8th to 11th of November we continued with iTOP for Students in Prague. 30 Students from Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, Latvia and Russia left with a brand new oral health awareness.

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⛄️DAY 11 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown⛄️ iTOP is not only about dentistry, it's also about friendship. Making new and meeting long-time friends. Tag your iTOP-bestie in the comment and win a Limited Edition for both of you. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP Teacher, Prague

After four exciting days in Prague this November, 3rd to 7th, we are happy to tell that we could expand our range of lecturers successfully. We trained hard to perfect even the best ones and now look forward that these five new instructors can now do the same!

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🌟DAY 10 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🌟 There is hardly anything more gratifying than making a patient capable of taking responsibility of their own health. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions:





Inhouse iTOP Introductory

Always in a good spirit when instructing a practice. This time we had the honor to do so with Dr. Jakob Zwaan and his team in Bergamo, Italy.

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🥨DAY 9 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🥨 Big Single and Big Brush – an absolute favorite of so many iTOP participants. Let us know, which was your first color of big brush you received and win a year's worth of brushes. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP for Students, Šiauliai College

Congratulations to the 50 students from Šiauliai College that went successfully through the iTOP for Students in Lithuania.



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🔔DAY 8 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🔔 Do you have that one friend that prefers flossing over IDB's? Tag him/her below and win for both of you a brush & floss set. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP Teacher, Bangkok

This October, participants from iTOP Teacher in Thailand experienced a new style of iTOP.

Why? Because after three days of theory and practice they were used to from past seminars, half of the participants had to take the lead as lectuerers and got judged by the other half. After the lecture of the second group they turned back to their group for a final analysis. 

The result is ten new instructors in six different countries!

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🎁DAY 7 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🎁 Do you plan to gift your loved ones a gift that will have a lasting impact on their oral health? Whether it's a training session, interdental brushes or a simple toothbrush. Health is never wrong. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions:





BIDM from 4th–6th October 2018

Can you imagine an International dental meeting without iTOP being present? We neither, that's why we, more specificly – Carla Mora, took the next flight to the BIDM and hold an amazing lecture about prophylactic management of non-carious cervical lesions.

In case you missed it, the main part for you to know is that the principles are as basic as primary prophylaxis can be… Effective but non traumatic toothbrushing techniques and tools associated with reduction of aetiological factors are at the core of the solution.



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🎅DAY 6 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🎅 You brush you teeth almost anywhere. Unfortunately, it's weird to brush in a meeting or at the gym. We got you there. Tag a dental friend that doesn't follow iTOP yet and win something that will solve this problem. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions (thumbs up for this post, like iTOP on facebook) to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





Knowing-doing Gap in Dentistry

In the end, the mission of every dental professional should be to keep their patients healthy.

However, there is a huge gap between knowing and doing. What we know today will not help us tomorrow if we do not change our actions.

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🍪DAY 5 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🍪 Introducing oral care to family on Christmas – we have all done it. Tag one family member whom you have taught iTOP methods and win two Limited Edition CS 5460. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions (like this post, like iTOP on here!) to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP Intorductory, Switzerland

Always a pleasure to have a great iTOP Introductory in Switzerland.

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🦷DAY 4 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown🦷 IDB here, IDB there, IDB everywhere. Share one other use of your IDB (than cleaning interdentally) below in the comments and win two refill pack of your size IDB's. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win: Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





iTOP Introductory, Shanghai

Seeing people that work on each other might be the best thing to happen to you as an instructor. For sure, Dr. Kyle could confirm this after his visit in Shanghai from 30th to 31st of August.

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⭐️DAY 3 of 24 Days of iTOP Christmas Countdown⭐️ Are you as excited to floss as much as he is? Comment below with the fitting emoji and show us how the sight of floss makes you feel. Win a non-floss/floss pack for yourself. ▶️Make sure you read the Rules of the Christmas Countdown and follow all the instructions to be eligible to win (MUST like iTOP page): Participation ends tomorrow at 7am CEST





Interview: “People are genuinely surprised at the illusions they had about toothbrushing”

For over 12 years, Dr Mia Girotto has been teaching and training dental professionals worldwide as a part of Curaden's hands-on iTOP training programme.

Find the whole interview with Dental Tribune about iTOP via the following link:

Interview with Mia Girotto

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ADEE Annual Meeting, Oslo

Every year, the ADEE (Association for Dental Education in Europe) invites its members from all over Europe to attend the Annual Meeting. This year’s theme was “Dental education in a changing society”.

Our highly appreciated Dr Franka Baranović Huber was presenting her own research about «Effectiveness of calibrated interdental brushes in reducing the Interdental Bleeding Index (IBI) in subjects with intact interdental papillae».

We thank Dr Franka Baranović Huber for the enriching insights into her research.

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student camp, Lithuania


Studentų stovykla, Latežeris 2018

LSMU Student camp, Lithuania 2018

It has already become a tradition to meet annually in "Freshmen Student Camp of LSMU", to learn more about prophylaxis program iTOP and have a good time...

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Student Camp in Latinamerica

We don't always meet in the Ecuadorian rain forrest to have crazy iTOPs, but when we do, we take 30 students with us to make these moments memorable for sure.
From 18th to 24th of August 2018, we once more had the chance to practice and perfect our skills in oral healthcare.

We are proud to see our latin amercian team grow and want to thank you all for being part of this event and but also this community!

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Student Camp Bordeaux

Parlez-vous iTOP?

We belive you do not – unless you're one of the 28 European dental students that spent a wonderful six days in the sun and heat of the French Atlantic cost in Vieux Boucau, learning the basics of surfing and interdental cleaning & toothbrushing.

Want more? Amazing pictures and the story behind will be published on Facebook only!

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iTOP Introductory, Johannesburg

A small group with motivated people doing iTOP is always a good Idea to spend a Saturday with.

Congrats to the team in Johannesburg!



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See you soon..

This Saturday we are going to meet some students from across the globe.
This means that you can find us from 21st to 27th of July  in Bordeaux.

Between all the waves we got to catch and skill we have to improve we will also take some pictures which will be published on our Facebook page.

Stay tuned!


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Congratulations - it's just a beginning

So many dedicated professionals in one picture. The reason could not be anybody else than Ueli Breitschmid & Jiri Sedelmayer. Their feelings, trust and hope in these individuals over the years, has been moving Curaden and iTOP further than ever.

This past weekend, they gathered, brainstormed and discussed on how to create a better and healthier future for humanity. They are dedicated to bring oral health on a whole new level. We are excited to be part of this journey with iTOP.

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iTOP in Austria

When two austrian dentists, 16 dental assistants and a student meet for iTOP, where would it be?

If it comes to the people in Ybbs, the only location that is good enough must be a castle.


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the decision is yours

You would like to win cool prizes and get latest news about student camps but do not want to check our Homepage constantly?

No worries, we publish everthing on Facebook on iTOP, iTOP for Students and Curaden Student Camps .

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B-Sides Festival

Bass technique you say...  hold my beer, I can do this!

From 14th to 16th of June we instructed a lot of people in our booth at Sonnenberg in Kriens during the B-Sides festival. After camping for days, we think they were happy to have a fresh mouth again.


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iTOP Introductory, New Zealand

In New Zealand they were watching each step closely. We are happy!

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iTOP Introductory, Switzerland

Brushing in Basel was fun!

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Knowing-doing Gap in Dentistry

Find here the latest interview of Ana Stevanović about changes that need to be done in dentistry.

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iTOP Introductory, Poland

Great to see Kraków hopped on the iTOP-train too.

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Ortodoncia molecular: Desde la ingeniera tisular al control mecánico de el tejido periodontal

Se mostrarán las tendencias y actualidad en técnicas digitales y aproximaciones multidisciplinarias de integración Orto-Perio: aceleración de movimiento y refuerzo con ingeniería tisular, todo con un soporte investigativo

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Dental Bern 2018

From 31st of May to 2nd  of June the biggest dental fair of Swtizerland, also known as Dental Bern, is going to take place in the swiss capital. Of course iTOP will also be represented between 12'400mfull of different exhibitors.

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European Gum Health Day 2018

On 12th of May we celebrate the European Gum health Day.

Health begins with healthy gums - this years slogan of the European Federation of Periodontology that is using such a special day to reach public awareness of importance of periodontal health to general health.

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iTOP Intro, Brasil

Filosofia de higiene – this is what we care about.

Congratulations to the team that participated in iTOP Introductory in São Paulo. We hope to see you again.

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NEW iTOP Archive

Take a look at this reprint of Dr. Bass' Article about problems of dental health published 64 years ago of.

More articles available in our archive!

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The link between Egyptian architecture and modern periodontics

Dont miss the chance to participate for Dr. Eric Thevissens webinar where the handling of particularities such as charting implants or root-amputated natural teeth will be discussed.

This webinar takes place on 8th of May 2018 on

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iTOP for Students

For this Aprils iTOP  for Students we had a mixture of students all over from Albania, Bosnia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine and the UK in Prague to bring their oral health on a new level

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The new standart of care in oral hygiene

Do not miss Dr. Kouzoukians' webinar about new standarts and their dentolegal considerations will be discussed.

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iTOP for Students

During April and November you can find us for our annual iTOP for Students event in Prague. Keep an eye on for news and application start.


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iTOP in India

We are happy to tell that we successfully finished iTOP Teacher with 10 dental professionals in India in March. They were instructed by representantive Lecturers Dr. Dóra Tihanyi und Dr. Camelia Roman. The process continues in the second quarter of the year.

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iTOP roadshow in India

Since 2017, Curaden AG has been running a dental clinic and a shop (including an online store) in Bengaluru (the former Bangalore), India. In February 2018, various iTOP seminars were held throughout Bengaluru. All events were lectured and lead by Dr. Lyubomir Galabov from Bulgaria along with five local dentists. In addition, over 300 dentists working in medical schools were introduced to our iTOP training program at five locations in the state of Karnataka.

The first feedback we received reveals that our «Touch to Teach» program has garnered tremendous interest from educational institutions such as universities. This inspires us to focus on our goal to increase our working relationships with schools especially with iTOP in student education. According to Professor Krishna Nayak, Director and Dean of the A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences of Mangalore, only about 5% of the Indian population (i.e., 60-70 million with a population of just over 1.3 billion) visit the dentist on a regular basis. This proves the need for increased dental and oral care prevention through awareness and education.

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iTOP Teacher, Ecuador

We are happy to extend our group of instructors with 13 new people from Latin America and are looking forward to a great cooperation.

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iTOP Intro, Norway

The group that successfully finished iTOP Intro in Norway!

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iTOP Symposium 2018

The iTOP team began 2018 with a great Symposium in Hungary, Budapest.

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The importance of saliva testing for prevention

According to Dr Tony Hashemian dentists have to engage their patients to more awareness in oral health. But whats the best way?

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iTOP Introductory, Georgia

Last but not least we finished the year with 22 local dentists in Georgia with an iTOP Introductory. 

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iTOP in Serbia

From 29th of November to 3rd of December we had 26 participants attending at iTOP in Belgrade. Toghether with this group we are looking forward to having a lot of iTOPs' in 2018. We are excited!

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The oral microbiome and overall health

Dr Michel Angelo Sciotti and Dr Christoph Fiolka agree that if these enzymes are present in toothpaste as well, their protective effect can be intensified, reducing the build-up of plaque and tartar and encouraging remineralisation – It is likely that most biological problems may have an enzymatic-based solution.

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iTOP Teacher in Serbia

This years iTOP Teacher in Belgrade brought 26 participants. They were mostly from Serbia but also a lot from Macedonia. We are happy to continue with you gus.

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iTOP for Students

For the final iTOP for Students in 2017, we had 29 young professionals that came a long way to Prague to learn about iTOP and its philosophy. They came from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine and may be ready to instruct their own countries soon.

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iTOP Teacher

Our second last iTOP Teacher seminar of 2017 is done. This year the group consisted many dental professionals from Russia, Canada, Spain, South Africa, Greece, Indonesia and Bulgaria. We are very happy for all people that joined us now but also in the future!

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Webinar with Rolf Kufus

ITOP and BOP YOUR TEETH: A revolution in dental care

This webinar will provide a short overview of the anatomy and function of the sulcus. The consequences of curing gums and reparing teeth will be discussed based on recent research regarding selective biofilm management.

The oral biofilm does not cause decay or gingivitis. It is, in fact, the opposite—it protects the tooth surface against acid-based or mechanical abrasion. After 24 hours, biofilm matures, and this matured biofilm is bad for oral health.

Inflammation can be proofed with the BOP. Coaching patients towards an intelligent dental cure is much more important than all the scratching and surgery we experience daily.

Rolf Kufus will then continue with the evolution of dentistry: lifetime coaching vs scratching, chairside all-ceramic restorations, one-visit crowns and bridges, esthetic and functional treatment. The all-digital workflow has become affordable for a broad middle-class population. You will have, and you will need, more patients: they have to be managed.

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Student Camp, Portugal

For one week 36 dental students from over 15 countries gathered on the beautiful Portuguese coast and underwent iTOP training and surf lessons. The camp was a huge success and we are happy to grow the community - one student at the time.

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Student Camp, Ecuador

For the first time, dental students from México, Ecuador, Colombia and Brasil got together to listen and learn about iTOP. For a week redsiding just 90 minutes from Quito, the training was paired with many fun outdoor acitvities and even more memories.

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To what extent is prevention addressed in dental education?

It is that time of the year when students are busy finishing their semester at the dental school. For first-semester students, the next five to six years will be filled with courses on anatomy, pharmacology, radiology, and all aspects of dental restorative methods and treatments.

While endodontics, periodontics and oral surgery remain important, one area in dental education has seemingly increased in relevance: preventive dentistry. European and North American universities are beginning to include proper oral hygiene techniques in their dental curricula. Dental students will therefore focus more on prophylaxis, but probably not in the near future.

Since the introduction of dentistry as an academic field, the focus has naturally been on restoring damage to the soft and hard tissue. However, an increasing number of departments of preventative dentistry are studying the means and methods of oral disease prevention, the oral health status of the population, as well as knowledge, attitudes and behaviour regarding oral health. In addition, growing research in biological science and epidemiology within the last decades has enhanced understanding of disease prevention. However, some of the research on oral health and its consequences for systemic health has yet to find its way into today’s textbooks. Furthermore, preventative dentistry in the curriculum of most European universities constitutes only two credits. At British and American universities, however, some dental faculties have begun to recognise the central role of prevention. 

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iTOP Teacher Vietnam

What a succesfull 4-day training in Vietnam with 23 participants from 8 different countries. Well done!

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iTOP for Students, Prague

The future of dentistry met for another iTOP for Students in the freezy city of Prague to listen to Jiri Sedelmayer and learn about individually trained oral prophylaxis.

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iTOP Teacher Seminar 2017

Another successful iTOP Teacher seminar took place during the first weekend in April in Prague (CZ). Participants from over 12 countries flew in and listened to Jiri Sedelmayer and the Instructor team during the four days.


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iTOP at IDS Cologne 2017

Our German and International iTOP team is giving it's all at this years International Dental Show in Cologne. Come and stop by at the CURADEN booth, Hall 11.3. We are excited to meet many of you.

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A personal story by RDH Raheleh Mahtabpour

Dental Tribune met with Iranian dental hygienist Raheleh Mahtabpour during AEEDC in Dubai for an interview.

I have always been very passionate about dental hygiene education and spreading oral health and hygiene awareness in schools in Dubai. Not only do I love the interaction with my patients, but I also continue to learn from them and with them every day. One topic has been of particular importance to me: individually trained oral prophylaxis.

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Dr Rosenberg about prevention with kids

Paris-based paediatric dentist Dr Dominique Rosenberg met with Dental Tribune International during ADF Congrès in Paris and shared her experiences with young patients and preventive topics.

«As dental professionals, we have to educate both children and parents in order to prevent decay, orthodontic problems and so on,» says Dr Dominique Rosenberg during her interview with DTI.

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Application for iTOP for Student

Registration for the iTOP for Students during 27th to 30th of April has started. The Seminar will be taking place in Prague (CZ) and is open for dental students and dental professionals who have graduated within the last two years at any European university.

Application can be sent in via

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iTOP Symposium 2017

For the third time already TOP Instructors and Lectureres got together for the annual iTOP Symposium. During two out of three days, they did their Recall and recaliberated techniques and instructional skills. On Saturday we enjoyed some discussion on the future of iTOP globally.

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Prof Denis Bourgeois in interview with DTI

In a two part interview with Dental Tribune International French university professor Denis Bourgeois talks about necessity of oral care prevention and how to implement it into a clinical structure.

In a two part interview French university professor Denis Bourgeois talks about oral care prevention. In the first part published on Dental Tribune online, he touches on the necessity of interdental brushes to maintain good oral health. He then continues on topic of implementation of knowledge into a clinical setting and how to effectively instruct patients during a visit at the dental office.

Both articles can be read online via Dental Tribune International: Why interdental brushes are essential for good oral health and Proving effective oral instructions in a clinical setting.

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Interview in DTI with Dr Teresa Fehrenbach

Polish dentist Dr Teresa Fehrenbach has worked in her field since 1980 and has been involved in a programme on individually trained oral prophylaxis for nearly 12 years. Dental Tribune Online spoke with Fehrenbach about her work, prophylaxis in dentistry, and her ideas on promoting its importance.

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iTOP at Universidad de los Hemisferios

iTOP Advanced at University in Ecuador

We are happy to announce, that Unviersidad de los Hemisferios will implenemt iTOP in the Curriculum of the University.

To reach the standart of iTOP Training for their students, a 3 day seminar was held to train the teachers of the university. The university hosted the seminar with the international iTOP Lecturer Lucie Sedelmayer, Catherine Schubert, Carlos Molina and Francisco Molina as well as Ana Piedad Delgado and Daniel Guel.

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Interview with Edith Maurer, Swiss RDH and iTOP Lecturer

Edith Maurer Mütsch is a dental hygienist at prophylaxis-oriented practices in Reinach (in the canton of Basel-Landschaft) and Basel in Switzerland. She came to the country from the Netherlands in 1978, secured a job at a private practice and became actively involved in the profession in the local area. Yet, after almost 30 years as a dental hygienist, she decided she wanted to develop her skills further and went in search of a new challenge, which she found as an iTOP (individually trained oral prophylaxis) trainer and an employee of Curaden Switzerland. In this interview, she explains why being involved in iTOP is as enjoyable to her today as ever.

Dental Tribune International: Ms Maurer Mütsch, you teach the iTOP system at universities, but you also present the iTOP philosophy and method to colleagues and dentists. On a personal level, you had been working as a dental hygienist for decades before you decided to focus on prophylaxis. What prompted this change of approach? 
Edith Maurer Mütsch: Everyone thinks they clean their teeth perfectly, of course. I used to think exactly the same thing myself. I have been a dental hygienist for 40 years. I gained my degree in 1976 and worked at an orthodontic practice and a periodontal practice in the Netherlands. Then I asked myself: where do I want to go? At that time, prophylaxis was not a major topic yet, of course, but I had always been interested in it. After a couple of years in Holland, I moved to Basel in 1978. Training for dental hygienists had only been available there for two years. I worked for various dental practices.

And after a few years had passed, you thought that you wanted to do something different?
Yes, I liked working with patients, but I wanted to do more to help the general public, so I became involved in the Swiss Dental Hygienists association, Zahnmännli healthy teeth campaign and Zahn-Bus mobile dental prophylaxis scheme. In 2004, my attention was drawn to an advert for an oral hygiene promoter for CURAPROX and I learnt about Dr Jiri Sedelmayer and his iTOP philosophy. He gave a 1-hour presentation as an introduction. What he said was exactly what I had been trying to impress on my patients at the practice: one can become more aware of one’s own teeth by doing more than simply brushing them. Discovering the touch to teach (T2T) concept made me realise what I had been lacking up to that point. I completed my training as an iTOP instructor in 2008. Since 2005, I have had the opportunity to help introduce the topic of dental prophylaxis to dentistry students at the University of Basel. This is a great initiative, but unfortunately there is not enough time or space in the curriculum to convey the most important information on maintaining teeth and health. Theory is one thing, but practical exercises—this T2T element—is another. Consider that, 30 years ago, an introduction to the theory and practice of prophylaxis was virtually unheard of in dentistry degrees. I would love to help change this. Prophylaxis has a crucial role to play in dentistry. Healthy teeth do not develop disease!

Many practice teams say prevention is too expensive. What do you think?
I used to work at a practice where barely any attention was paid to prevention. Things are different now. If I have an hour to spend with a patient as a dental hygienist, there are now two approaches I can take. I can show the patient prophylactic techniques based on the T2T method and demonstrate how he or she can improve his or her oral health, removing a bit of calculus in the process and giving the teeth a polish and so forth. Alternatively, I can spend an hour simply removing calculus, polishing, applying fluoridating treatments and so on. Working with the patient and the practice team on prophylaxis produces much more successful results and is ultimately cheaper. Patient satisfaction is automatically enhanced. The patients are grateful that having their teeth cleaned is a painless experience because they have much less inflammation and calculus. They are also healthier because they have finally learnt the correct cleaning techniques. These are the basic principles of prevention—and they are priceless!

What is important when it comes to prevention?
Brushes and tools should not simply be handed out to patients. They need to be explained to them and used to help them practise the correct technique in their mouth using the T2T approach. This technique then needs to be repeated and checked at the next follow-up appointment. Individual prophylaxis is tailored to the patient and practised with him or her. Another important factor is the level of pressure a patient should apply with a toothbrush. This is something that can be practised. One of my fellow dental hygienists wanted to know how the T2T method worked, so she brushed my teeth once in the way she had learnt. Then I told her she ought to brush less firmly, making the correct motions but with hardly any pressure at all. We practised together until I was happy. Two days later, my gingivae were sore. She had used far too much force. I brushed her teeth so that she could feel the way I applied the technique with much less pressure. She found it far more pleasant and cleaner afterwards. Just like physiotherapy, it requires practice, explanation and repetition. The results have been very successful. Sometimes, it takes a bit of patience, but when my patients realise how easy it actually is to stay healthy without any painful treatment, they are happy to come back.

This principle is in line with the philosophy of established dentist Dr Jiri Sedelmayer, past professor at the University of Hamburg. He teaches that correct prophylaxis results in healthy teeth for life. However, keeping teeth and gingivae healthy in the long term relies on a combination of knowledge, training and checking the correct cleaning technique.
Yes, Dr Sedelmayer based his entire philosophy on this principle. He looked at the condition of his students’ teeth, saw signs of bleeding gingivae in some cases, and could not believe it possible for prospective dentists to have bleeding gingivae and not be able to clean their teeth properly. He thus began teaching them and using simple exercises to show where there was bleeding and where there was none. ITOP is all about conveying scientifically founded knowledge of prophylaxis in an easily comprehensible way. He then started instructing his students on how they should use toothbrushes and dental floss. There are six techniques for cleaning teeth with a toothbrush, including the Bass and Charters techniques, the Stillman’s method, as well as the rotation and scrub method. There are many variations on these as well. However, the Bass technique is the only method for cleaning the gingival line, which is where all the nasty stuff sets in. Dr Sedelmayer’s students had to take an examination on practical toothbrushing. That was unprecedented at the time. Even today, the training given to students involves very little teaching on prophylaxis. It is mostly theory based, with hardly any practice. Yet, practical exercises are extremely effective for learning. In practice, things are often shown on a demonstration model rather than in the mouth. Imagine doing that in physiotherapy—one would then find oneself standing in front of the mirror at home with no idea of what to do. Students should be given the opportunity during the therapy itself to experience and practise what the exercises should feel like. Only by using their own hands and being guided by the hands of an expert will they understand what they are trying to achieve. This practical approach leads to a rethinking and that is what makes Dr Sedelmayer’s insight and approach so brilliant.

So would you recommend this prophylaxis training to older dentists too, for example? 
Absolutely! No practice team should be operating without any individual training and coaching in prophylaxis. Giving patients a toothbrush is simply not enough!

Just a few months ago, I went with the iTOP team to Sweden, where we visited representatives from the Faculty of Odontology—or more specifically the Department of Periodontology—at Malmö University. Our lecturer, Kirsten Warren, Professor of Periodontology at Aarhus University in Denmark, took care of the theoretical part of the training. We iTOP trainers then dealt with the practical part—the T2T element. When reviewing the full-day course afterwards, one colleague said that her teeth had never been so clean—that was the highest praise and underlines how successful the training was. If dental professionals really want to experience individually trained prophylaxis, they should give it a go and judge it for themselves. They should not believe that they can already do everything and have nothing more to learn. Human beings are creatures of habit.

How should the team work together in practice?
There are many dentists who do not take enough of an interest in the work of their dental hygienists and prophylaxis assistants and just let their colleagues get on with it. My dentist at the practice where I work is very interested in prophylaxis and appreciates her team’s iTOP knowledge. The entire practice team is on the same level and we all give the same instructions in line with the iTOP philosophy. As far as we are concerned, there are four key tools: the toothbrush, the interdental brush, dental floss and the single brush. Using interdental brushes correctly always leads to a Eureka moment. The follow-up and coaching are discussed as a team.

Who is permitted to practise prophylaxis in Switzerland? 
In Switzerland, there are prophylaxis assistants and dental hygienists and, of course, dentists, who treat patients.

Prophylaxis assistants are dental assistants with additional training in prophylaxis. They are only actually allowed to use instruments to remove calculus in the supragingival area, so they can polish patients’ teeth and should give them a proper clean. They do not treat periodontal patients and they always work under a dentist’s supervision.

Dental hygienists undergo four years of training. They look after patients largely independently, working closely with their dentists, and have different and much more extensive skills than prophylaxis assistants do. Prophylaxis assistants therefore assist dental hygienists and work with them. Unfortunately, however, the training programme for prophylaxis assistants is too short to include the kind of thorough T2T training we offer.

How can one teach prophylaxis if one has not mastered the basics?
If we could integrate iTOP into all of these training programmes, it would make a big difference. The quality of prevention would improve, oral health would be much better and a great deal of money could be saved on dental treatment.


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Irish RDH Barbara Derham told the Dental Tribune about her work and her passion; ‘There’s still a lot to be done when it comes to preventative care, but we are sticking with it. We try to make a difference for every patient that comes through our doors.’



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This exciting interview with Elna van der Ham, dental hygienist and iTOP representative in South Africa, took place at the symposium as part of the ISDH 2016 in Basel on the topic of ‘How can we change South African dental professionals’ access to preventative care?’


Read this great Interview with Elna van der Ham, RDH in South africa and iTOP Lecturer in dental tribune. 
Thank you to Marc Chalupsky for publishing this words after ISDH 2016, Basel

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iTOP for students in Prague

Last week of April 30 dental students from around Europe have gathered in Prague to learn about iTOP.

This April students from 10 european countries have gathered again in the heart of Europe to learn about Oral Prophylaxis. Students enjoyed their lectures, where founder of iTOP, Dr Jiri Sedelmayer has shared again his vision for achieving sustainable smile for lifetime. Another 5 instructors, led by the steady hand of our Chief Instructor, Dr Lucie Sedelmayer, were helping out in executing the practical part of iTOP. 

Weather was nice, although our city tour got briefly interrupted by - yes, you are reading it right - SNOW! 

we got some break and managed to enjoy beautiful Czech food and beers, and thank to our Czech participant Anezka, we have also experienced a bit of Prague nightlife!

Remember, next iTOP for students will happen faster than you think! So, if you want to join us, apply on

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International Symposium on oral Hygiene 2016

Join our Workshops during ISDH 2016:Thursday evening, 23rd of june 2016, from 18:00 h

Join our panel discussion with interactive sessions and case studies and get an insight into the prophylaxis program iTOP – individually trained oral prophylaxis.

With Barbara Derham, RDH Ireland, Elna van der Ham, RDH South Africa, Gisèle Choquette, RDH Canada, Catherine Schubert, RDH Switzerland and South America and Edith Maurer, RDH Switzerland, an experienced team of international iTOP Speakers will give you an insight in the principles of iTOP and its role within the ambitious goal of “sustainable oral health for a life time“.


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iTOP for Students

Like every year, iTOP seminar was organized this November in cooperation of EDSA and CURAPROX. On the weekend of 5th to 8th of November 30 active dental students from 9 different European countries gathered in Prague and had 2 days of lectures and hands-on course on individually trained oral prophylaxis.


The event was held in Barcelo Praha Five hotel, and all the participants had opportunity to learn directly from iTOP founder, Dr Jiri Sedelmayer, and to be instructed by our international iTOP instructors from Spain, Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, Russia and Czech Republic. After full day of lectures and hands-on, everyone got the opportunity to enjoy some traditional Czech food and good beer in some of the great Prague restaurants, as well as sightseeing of the city most famous spots. Participants were dedicated, motivated and some new friendships were established on the spot. Next year we will repeat the experience with 2 iTOP events for students, 21st to 24th of April 2016 and 17th till 20th of November 2016. Application for April will start in mid-January and students will be chosen on the basis of their motivation for learning  oral prophylaxis

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World Record in oral hygiene Lesson

Despite heavy rain, amazing 1’507 people of Targu Mures, Romania, have broken the record by staying for 35 minutes brushing their teeth in the middle of city park, with almost 40 enthusiastic instructors supporting them. New Guinness World Record!

Sehen Sie hier den Youtube Film vom Anlass!



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New Sizes: Perio Line

New sizes available!

With Perio Line we close the gap between CPS Prime and Soft Implant.

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iTOP at IDS Köln

The lecturer said: “We all know for 80 years now that clean teeth are healthy teeth.”
And I thought: “Yes, we all know that.“

Ana Stevanovic talks about iTOP and her experience with it – wacht now the Video, recorded at IDS 2015 at the Speakers’ Corner:

How did you feel during your first iTOP Seminar or Curaprox Student Camps?


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