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IDS – 2011 Focusing on prophylaxis: more individual and more organic


May 4, 2010
by Oral Health

Age-specific oral hygiene — preventively oriented diagnostics — holistic prevention in the dental practice — a main topic at IDS.

Health is highly valued by the general public — not least because of our ageing society. Oral prophylaxis has therefore become a focus of modern dental practices and is an important step toward preventive solutions, also in the area of general medical problems. “Young patients as well as increasingly old groups of patients want to, if possible, maintain their
teeth throughout their lifetimes and prevent oral diseases. The German dental industry offers a continuously growing variety of products and aids for professional and domestic oral care — from toddlers right through to  the very old,” explains Dr. Martin Rickert, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association of German Dental Manufacturers (VDDI).

Every form of dental prophylaxis is supported by intensive research and development conducted by the dental industry. The latest concepts of prevention therefore also enable the continuous improvement of hygienic dental aftercare, for instance after prosthetic, implant or endodontic surgery. In general, a wide range of professional preventive measures are now becoming  available to dental practices. These measures can be used by dentists, dental
assistants, dental prophylaxis assistants and dental hygienists to successfully specialise and supplement the range of services their dental practice provides.  The 34th IDS (Cologne, 22nd to 26th March 2011) will therefore be a particularly valuable source of comprehensive information on the topic of preventive care.

Modern aids improve prophylaxis at home Effective plaque control through daily oral care at home is an important part of prophylaxis and is carried out today with the help of very functional and ergonomic aids for brushing teeth, as well as for other hygienic measures.
These include both modern manual toothbrushes and the highly effective electric toothbrushes. The latter may also feature external motivational displays and other helpful tips for the user. And the special snap-on brushes can perform a number of different tasks.

At IDS 2011, the whole spectrum of current toothpaste formulations will also be introduced. These new formulations contain scientifically developed recipes designed to address different specific needs and help provide a good basis for the daily prophylaxis of individuals in all age groups. It may amaze some to know that the correct combination of a toothpaste and an electric toothbrush can significantly raise the effectiveness of the latter.1 They are assisted by effective mouthwashes, which are also important for preventive care at home.
These are supplemented by special interdental brush systems, dental floss and sticks, as well as many other products.

Patients are becoming increasingly aware of the relationship between oral hygiene and systematic health. Accordingly, there is a lot of interest in treatments that maintain tooth structure and periodontal structures over the long term. Prevention based on individual needs, which also offers concepts for all age groups, is therefore increasingly becoming the key to the sustainable success of dental practices. Dentists who focus on preventive treatments are now already receiving assistance from the dental industry, which has for many years now been experiencing a paradigm shift from restorative treatments to
individual preventive treatments, and has supported the integration of prophylaxis into everyday processes in dental practices through its scientifically developed technical innovations.

“From 22nd to 26th March 2011, the International Dental Show in Cologne — the world’s largest trade fair for dental medicine and dental technology — will be the best place for dentists and their assistants to talk to specialists from the  exhibiting companies and experienced users about the whole spectrum of modern prophylaxis concepts and current trends in preventive treatments and diagnostics,” says Dr. Markus Heibach, President of the VDDI.