According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), dental caries is still one of the most widespread diseases and more than 30% of the global population suffers from periodontal disease. iTOP is a prevention-oriented programme focusing on controlling the main cause of oral diseases: biofilm. iTOP follows the golden standard in prevention: "clean teeth can not get sick" (Hyatt et al. 1934, Löe et al. 1965, Lindhe et al. 1975).
It offers evidence-based solutions for plaque related dental diseases through daily biofilm management, patient motivation and reinforcement.
Dental professionals have a key role in patients' instruction, motivation and education. iTOP turns dental professionals into oral health heroes.
MUDr Jiri Sedelmayer developed three criteria within the iTOP concept that determine the quality of oral hygiene tools and techniques: effectiveness, acceptance and non-traumatic use.
During iTOP, dental professionals master four effective biofilm control techiques, including the Bass technique, Loop technique, Solo technique and use of calibrated interdental brushes. Hands-on training is led by certified iTOP staff that have many years of experience in training their colleagues and patients.
iTOP is a cutting-edge programme in prophylaxis where oral hygiene techniques are practised in the mouth, in collaboration with iTOP instructors using the Touch To Teach approach. Touch to Teach is the most effective method of correcting, improving and guiding patient oral hygiene techniques.
The organisation of iTOP seminars is supported by Curaden AG.
Jiří Sedelmayer – the man behind iTOP
After successfully completing his studies in dentistry at the University of Hamburg in 1986, MUDr. Jiří Sedelmayer worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology at UKE Hamburg. His work there focused on restorative therapy and endodontics, as well as training dentists in individual prophylaxis. During his time in Hamburg, Sedelmayer developed the iTOP philosophy and Touch to Teach (T2T) – techniques designed to address the flaws and knowledge gaps in prophylaxis education.
Upon his return to the Czech Republic, he founded the Czech Preventive Society (Společnost preventivní stomatologie). In his hometown of Prague, he taught individual oral prophylaxis and prevention as a guest lecturer at the Charles University, the Czech Preventive Society and at international seminars for dental professionals and students. His methods have been published both domestically and internationally and he lead more than 1,100 training seminars and courses worldwide.
Jiří Sedelmayer died in Prague on 6th July 2019 having lived a richly filled researcher, teacher and family life. His legacy of iTOP, and his passion for aiming for perfect oral health, will continue to live on in each of iTOP's advocates, speakers and instructors.