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Worldental Daily Madrid 2017, 30 August

30 August 2017 30 de agosto de 2017 science & practice ciencia & clínica Clínica Vilaboa in Spain: “Prophylaxis is the main way that conditions like peri-implantitis can be prevented” Entrevista: “La pro(cid:2)laxis es la mejor manera para prevenir muchas enfermedades como la periimplantitis” T raditionally, becoming a dentist in Spain was a lengthy process. Students used to be required to first obtain a qualification in medicine before they could even undergo den- tal training. Since 1986, however, these restrictions have been eased, and dentists are now able to practise with a European Union-recognised degree in dentistry. As a result, the country is now home to around 35,000 dentists and over 14,000 dental hy- Beatriz Vilaboa: Education is something that we like to do with time and care. We take the time to explain to our patients what the best toothbrush and interdental brush are for them to use. We provide them with the best possible tools for them to achieve oral health. José Manuel Reuss: We under- stand now that we have to work with patients as a team. We can no longer © Curaden them. We have specific interdental brushes for implant restorations and different-sized interdental brushes to maintain gingival health even in areas di(cid:5)cult to access. We also now know that a good toothbrush with soft bristles is the best tool for achieving long-term success for implants. A toothbrush that does not harm the teeth or the soft tissue and that is easy to use is the best tool for life- long oral health. Débora Reuss: When a patient leaves our o(cid:5)ce, he or she has three tools: a toothbrush, good interdental brushes and, of course, dental floss. These help the patient to maintain good oral health and thereby avoid the development of conditions like gingivi- tis and periodontitis. What do you think about CURAPROX products? José Manuel Reuss: Products that are easy to use help us progress in our treatments quicker and provide pa- tients with the tools to easily establish a positive home care dental regimen. CURAPROX’s products are often gentler than other products, and this meant that it went against the general trend of the market for the past few years. How- AD |Débora Vilaboa and Débora Reuss | Débora Vilaboa y Débora Reuss gienists, almost all of whom operate as private practitioners owing to Spain’s low level of public-funded oral healthcare. Located in the Salamanca district of Madrid, Spain’s capital, Clínica Vilaboa was founded more than 30 years ago by Drs Beatriz and Débora Vilaboa. With polished hardwood (cid:6)oors and a stylishly minimalist interior, the prac- tice’s aesthetic emphasis is immedi- ately evident. A pioneer in aesthetic dentistry when first established, the multilingual clinic has since expanded its focus to include endodontics, oral surgery and all kinds of restorative dentistry. World Dental Daily spoke with the practice owners, as well as practice dentists Drs Débora and José Manuel Reuss, about the clinic’s ap- proach to prevention and the general state of the Spanish dental industry. World Dental Daily: How do you edu- cate your patients and talk to them about oral hygiene? Débora Vilaboa: I spend more time today talking about hygiene and atti- tude with my patients than explaining what procedure I will be performing. That is something that the patients value and are very receptive to, and it provides many benefits to them. It also helps to establish a long-term relation- ship that is built on trust and under- standing, one that is more health-ori- ented than tooth-focused. simply provide treatment. We have to spend extra time educating them, mo- tivating them on how they can main- tain and preserve their oral health, which is ultimately their responsibility. What is the state of dental health in Spain? How good is your patients’ oral hygiene? Have you seen an increase in caries or periodontal disease among your patients? Beatriz Vilaboa: In our o(cid:5)ce, we are seeing much better oral health—a decrease in caries and periodontal dis- ease, which is very good news. This has not just come out of the blue, though. It is a result of continued education, year after year, by dentists and hygienists alike. Débora Vilaboa: Our goal is to have a positive impact on a patient’s life and health. When the patient realises the power that lies in his or her own hands, he or she is often very willing to use it. It is simply that we have often un- derestimated the effectiveness of edu- cating our patients, of empowering them. Doing so pays off in the long term. What oral healthcare products do you usually recommend for home care? José Manuel Reuss: Nowadays, we have tools that are much more suitable for specific requirements—instruments that patients find easy to handle and use, which is essential for motivating NOW Accepting Nominations for: 6th Sunstar World Perio Research Award (in conjunction with EuoPerio9 congress) more info: or scan QR code ©2017 Sunstar SUN17006 9

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