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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2018

science of prophylaxis | How can the results of the research projects be inte- grated into dental practice? It depends on the aim and characteristics of the proj- ects, but as the research process often runs for an extended period of time, the outcome cannot be realised in practice before the results are thoroughly analysed and compiled. The majority of the applications for funding are in their initial stages, and we expect a number of our selected projects to have strong clinical relevance in the long run. For instance, we know for a fact that globally there is a growing elderly population with more implants and prosthetic constructions. Research results will contribute to knowledge about how to address these challenges. Another highly topical research focus is the connection between oral and general health, which may influence medicine from a wider perspective. We look forward to seeing how the funded projects will contribute to odonto- logical knowledge and what clinical impact they will have in the future. How does the Eklund Foundation differ from other organisations that support research in the field of dentistry? Some foundations work locally, while others—such as the Eklund Foundation—work globally. Many differ- ent types of foundations are needed to support as much high-quality research as possible, and there is no com- petition between them. It is important to stress that re- search has to be carried out independently from company interests in order for it to be unbiased. Thus, the Eklund Foundation operates entirely independently from TePe. The foundation is a way for the owners of TePe to show their appreciation for the dental profession and create something that will contribute to knowledge and devel- opment in the field of odontology for many years to come. Do you see dentistry becoming more medical, em- bracing prevention and primary prophylaxis? Prevention already plays a big role and will become even more prominent in the future. Good oral hygiene and good oral health have turned out to be of wider im- portance than initially thought. Oral health is not merely about brushing one’s teeth, cleaning interdentally and having a good oral health routine; rather, it is about main- taining a healthy lifestyle, of which oral hygiene is an es- sential part. In recognition of this, TePe was recently awarded a life science prize. This is a clear indication that oral hygiene belongs to the domain of life sciences, and it pleases me to see oral health being placed in a wider health context. Is TePe’s philosophy reflected in the Eklund Founda- tion in any way? Although they exist independently of each other, both TePe and the Eklund Foundation place high value on Dr Anna Nilvéus Olofsson close relationships with the dental community. TePe was founded in close collaboration with the profession and listens to their specific needs and issues, which in turn translates into the development of new products. The goal is not merely to develop visually attractive oral health products; every product has a clinical relevance. As a dentist, I can thus fully endorse TePe’s product portfolio. Lastly, how can researchers apply for funding? All information regarding the application process is available at, including the application form and clear instructions on how to apply. The application period opens in May each year, and the projects that will receive funding are announced in the autumn. info Facts about the Eklund Foundation – Founded in 2015 by the Eklund family – Supported by a donation of €5.5 million – Next application period starts in May 2019 – More information is available at prevention 1 2018 15

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