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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2017

practical prevention | biorepulsivity How to put prevention into practice When patients meet Sirid Kulka, their lives will be changed completely. They will find out how strong the link between a strong immune system and oral health really is. They will also discover that most health problems can be avoided if dentistry, medicine and natural therapies worked together better. What’s more, they will learn about a new process that could considerably minimise the accumulation of plaque. AUTHOR: DENTAL TRIBUNE INTERNATIONAL Prevention was invited by Andreas Teichmann, the developer of the Dent- coat technology, to speak with Sirid Kulka, an advocate of preventive den- tistry who gives the patient just as much ownership as the dentists who are in charge of their treatment. She believes that patients who sit in the chair and expect to be cured immediately will be- come unwell in the future. a complementary way, which often lets us establish the patient’s root problem. This could be physical, immunological or even osteopathic. Classic dentistry would often have met its limits in these cases. Dental medicine is constantly developing and many dentists are hardly keeping up with new technologies and practices. Should they be interested in interdisci- Mrs Kulka, tell us a bit about your inter- plinary approaches despite of this, or disciplinary network and meetups. Kulka: Medicine is in my blood. Both my parents and my brother are also in medicine. I’ve always been interested in the links between different disciplines. At some point, the idea of a meetup arose and now it takes place several times a year. I’m also a member of an interdis- ciplinary network that meets regularly. Both groups welcome medical doctors, dentists, natural practitioners and thera- pists. We all see the prevention of illness as the most important aspect of our jobs. For example, I can often see in the pa- tient’s oral tissue if he or she is coming down with something, or if they’ve been ill. Based on this, I can make certain treatment recommendations. In turn, my colleagues see other things that can help me with my treatments. At the same time—and I’m very happy about this—I’ve learned so much more about holistic correlations thanks to these meetups. We work in because of this? Teichmann: Doctors must ask them- selves, what will lead to long-lasting results? It is absolutely correct that a patient with a systemic illness does not expect their dentist to approach their treatment from an interdisciplinary per- spective. And not every doctor likes to share the healing process with his or her colleagues. However, an internist for example should consult a periodontist when dealing with intestinal absorption to assess the periodontal status. Inter- disciplinary approaches are indispen- sable nowadays. Kulka: We did not really learn about interdisciplinary approaches when we were studying dentistry. Dental train- ing is comprehensive, but you can, and should, be able to identify important cor- relations in your practice. We have to question existing therapies and always evaluate them considering new scien- tific knowledge. The key is interdiscipli- 56 issue #1

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