Philosophy

To effectively communicate how to properly take care of one’s oral health can be a challenge. It may be explained at home by parents or by specialists through a prophylactic education, but understanding good oral health is not easy. It is no doubt a number of people worldwide suffers from some kind of oral disease.

Whether it is regular individual examination, hands-on coaching, or instructions on care routines after specific procedures, one thing is clear – they all should be handled by well-trained dental professionals. It is only through clear, step-by-step instructions that make long-term success possible for everyone. A lifelong, healthy oral hygiene in one’s own home is also achievable – with the iTOP skills and knowledge along with the use of effective tools and techniques.

iTOP – individually trained oral prophylaxis – is a systematic way to learn optimal oral health management, with hands-on training (Touch to Teach) on the use of selected tools and techniques. iTOP covers a widely accepted, effective, and non-traumatic way of learning good oral care. It’s a principle based on practicing our knowledge on a daily basis for ourselves and eventually for patients.

Step by step. Skill by skill. In short: individually instructed oral routine care means sustainable good oral health for life! This is what iTOP is all about, its goal, its philosophy.

Through iTOP, we act as mentors for patients. We don’t just manage the disease, but we coach the patients in a way that they benefit from our experience and our knowledge. After all, there is always a room to learn and make things better.

Since the start of iTOP seminars in 2006, over 15,000 professionals have attended iTOP seminars in over 45 countries around the world. And it keeps growing! 

Jiří Sedelmayer – the man behind iTOP

After successfully completing his studies in Dentistry at the University of Hamburg in 1986, Jiri Sedelmayer worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology at the UKE Hamburg’s teeth, mouth and jaw clinic. His work focused on individual prophylaxis, restorative therapy and endodontics. During his work with students, Jiří Sedelmayer developed the 
iTOP philosophy (individually trained oral prophylaxis) and Touch to Teach (T2T) – techniques he formulated after seeing faws and knowledge gaps in current prophylaxis. 

Upon his return to the Czech Republic, he founded the Czech Preventive Society (SPS). Until today, Jiří Sedelmayer lives in his hometown of Prague, and teaches individual oral prophylaxis and prevention as a guest lecturer at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Preventive Society and international seminars for dental professionals and students. 

Jiří Sedelmayer has led more than 1,100 training seminars and courses – some lasting several days. He has given lectures, and has written publications from his hometown Prague and other parts of the world.

 

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