Effectively communicating how to properly take care of one’s oral health can be a challenge. Though it can be explained at home by parents or by specialists at a clinic, motivating and getting people to understand how good oral health is achieved is not easy. It is no surprise, then, that a great number of people worldwide suffer from some kind of oral disease.
Whether it is an individual examination, hands-on coaching, or instructions regarding care routines after specific procedures, one thing is clear – well-trained dental professionals should handle all of these. Clear, step-by-step instructions are essential for long-term success. A lifelong healthy oral hygiene regimen in one’s own home is also achievable through the skills, knowledge, and proper use of effective tools and techniques learned in iTOP.
iTOP – individually trained oral prophylaxis – is a systematic way to learn optimal oral health management through 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 the goal, the philosophy, of iTOP.
Through iTOP training, we become mentors for our patients. We don’t just manage their oral issues, but coach them so that they can benefit from our experience and knowledge. After all, there is always room to learn and improve.
Since iTOP seminars commenced in 2006, over 20,000 professionals in more than 60 countries around the world have attended them. And these numbers just keep on growing!
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.