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prevention International magazine for oral health No. 1, 2018

| practical prophylaxis How did the first few weeks go? Dr Ines Laible: Within a few weeks, we were booked up for the next one to two weeks, and we still have a large influx of new patients. Prophylaxis is a very big focus at the practice. We’re lucky to still have two further treatment rooms. We need to equip them with treatment units and hire a new worker for prophylaxis. We can say that after just a few weeks. At the beginning, we told our employee, whose job it is to take care of registration and office man- agement, that she would also have to carry out a prophy- laxis session here and there. Now, she performs seven to eight prophylaxis sessions per day and has no time at all for admin. And all after such a short time! I think our success has to do with our new equipment but also with prophylaxis. Maike Laible: Patients soon realised that prophylaxis is the most important thing for us. But only those who are shown and taught prophylaxis can achieve good oral health. If patients don’t see it, how are they supposed to understand it? I don’t know how to repair a car and why it costs so much, but if the mechanic explains it to me, I feel better and have more confidence. One can even build on top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but the basic substance has to be right first. On the topic of equipment, you opted for the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master from EMS. Why this device? Dr Ines Laible: I focus on periodontics and implantology. Prophylaxis is, of course, essential here. We told ourselves early on that, if we want to offer and carry out prophy- laxis sensibly, it would have to be with EMS’s new device. We can offer painless, safe and complete cleaning with the Prophylaxis Master. This is good for our patients and, of course, for us too. Maike Laible: We were also familiar with the previous models and were always satisfied. Plus, neither of us had done a professional tooth cleaning for a long time. At the same time, I recently had a patient with calculus as hard as bone. The PIEZON was able to remove the calculus quickly and easily, without any pain for the patient. Dr Ines Laible: I have already had several patients who have said they had never had such thorough tooth cleaning. Other patients told me that prophylaxis was always pain- ful. After explaining to them that prophylaxis is extremely important to prevent and treat periodontal disease, they all said that they hadn’t felt a thing after being treated with the Prophylaxis Master. Our patients are really impressed. How do you approach tooth cleaning? Maike Laible: We offer professional tooth cleaning ses- sions of at least one hour. Explaining things plays a major part in this. As dentists, we also talk a lot about tooth cleaning and interdental cleaning. Dr Ines Laible: We also almost always use staining. Staining is an important factor: the dentist and patient see what needs to be done and where the patient’s oral hygiene can be improved at home. Staining motivates patients and brings them back to the practice. What’s the future for the Laible practice? Dr Ines Laible: We will definitely need a second or third EMS device soon. Our goal is to use a careful recall sys- tem and sensitive prophylaxis to deliver great results for patients if they come for prophylaxis twice a year and have healthy teeth. Maike Laible: We want lifelong wellness for teeth. 62 prevention 1 2018

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