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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2017

ADVERTORIAL: PREVENTION ONE The principle of P1: Providing thorough oral hygiene instructions to patients at every P1 appointment. Patients can select from one of two starter boxes containing oral health care products and the P1 booklet. year, in other words, it provides a 360° degree approach to oral health. A tailored dental fitness programme Curaden developed P1 in partnership with other experts in oral health prevention, including the University of Zurich. “Many patients do not know what they should pay attention to and how important oral health is for their overall well-being. They do not know what tools and instruments they should use, what quality they should be looking for and how they should apply them,” explains Clifford zur Nieden, a mem- ber of the Curaden board of directors. “We will guide and coach them and provide continuous education and support. The patient—now called the client—does the actual training himself or herself, but they receive the proper introduction, guidance, information and motivation to stay on track. That is why we like to call P1 a dental fitness programme. A fit- ness programme tailored to the needs of each individual by the dental practice.” The trainer, or P1 coach, is a dental hygienist or dental assistant in the dental practice. The P1 coach designs a specific training programme based on the individual patient’s requirements using a special P1 scoring tool, which forms the basis of an individual oral health strategy and becomes a means of measuring oral health. Based on the patient’s P1 score, the coach can develop an individual strategy for each patient to achieve the best possible result. Once this baseline is established, all improvements are made manage- able and visible by achieving a higher score. Similar to a golf handicap, the patient is given one number, which is easy to remember and easy to work with. A score to revolutionise oral health The place? London. There are 8.7 million inhabitants and we’re close to the busy Oxford Street. Theodora Little pre- pares herself for her next patient at Holford Partners Curaden dental clinic. One can instantly recognise her red hair, radiant smile and motivational attitude. Every sentence she speaks conveys the feeling that dental schools should change the name of dental hygienists to oral healthcare specialists. Theodora is a dental hygienist, who graduated from King’s College in London in 2013 with a diploma in dental hygiene and therapy. During her time at university, oral hygiene training was very theory-based, with a few representatives visiting to dem- onstrate and provide different products. Shamefully, she did not receive any interactive practical training on brushing from an instructor. As soon as she started practicing, she wanted to empower patients to maintain or improve their oral health. Unfortunately, owing to time constraints that the United Kingdom has implemented, she was not able to carry out an effective and thorough oral hygiene strategies by means of dedicating time to individual patients’ education and coaching. In the UK, most dental hygienists have 20 to 30 minute appointments. Theodora has worked to this pressured sched- 40 issue #1

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