Colgate Introduces OQ
A year ago Inspektor Research Systems started to introduce a new brand. A brand for serving the clinical and consumer markets. In this year a lot happened. We have set steps in the right direction but we have not yet reached our goal: waking up in a world without caries. Cariogenic dental plaque causes the number 1 disease in our country and elsewhere. Dental plaque does not only cause substantial damage to people’s teeth, but also takes a big cut in the available care budget. Dental caries is associated with the development of cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases. We could save some 52 billion Euro annually on our healthcare costs by taking effective prevention steps.
Waking up in a caries free world.
We all want this, you might think. That is both true and untrue: although being a desired outcome by the vast majority, in day-to-day real life politicians and health insurers are still focused on curing people rather than preventing people from getting sick. And most healthcare professionals have been educated to cure diseases. Therefore, the focus of dentistry is still on filling cavities, rather than preventing cavities from developing.
Fortunately, we get support from an unexpected angle.
At the moment a number of dentists is working with Oral Qamera and more will start using this technology in the near future. We will keep you posted on which practices are joining. Right now a leading dental equipment manufacturer has decided to integrate our QLF technology into their equipment. And then there is a sudden support from an unexpected angle. Colgate introduces Oral Quotient. “Do You Know Your OQ™?” links to their website. By the way: if you want to know more about our devices, please send us an email.
Detecting young plaque with Oral Qamera.
It is only a matter of time before you can detect young dental plaque with Oral Qamera. This means that, at the end of the day, you can see whether you have brushed properly in the morning. This new Oral Qamera device works with an app to help you keeping track of your oral hygiene on a daily basis. Never fear the dentist again is just a matter of time. With this initiative from Colgate, we are one step closer.
Publication from Dental Info
A DUTCH INVENTION THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD OF DENTISTRY FOR EVER
Ask an average Dutch dentist what QLF technology is and the answer will elude him or her. When one asks the same question to a researcher form a renowned university in the field of dentistry somewhere around the world, then he will answer that QLF is seen as the golden standard in research and scientific communities. QLF has been described in over 400 scientific articles. Publications have appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Dentistry, Caries Research, Operative Dentistry and Oral and Craniofacial Research. But also in The Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice and American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics.
THE BIGGEST INVENTIONS SINCE THE DRILL
QLF™ uses fluorescence. Fluorescence is a property of specific substances, fluorophores, that absorb light of a specific colour (wavelength) and emit light in a different colour (of a different wavelength). By blocking the light of the original colour with a filter, the fluorescent image remains. The image is created by the light that the fluorophores emit. QLF™ uses two types of fluorophores. Porphyrins that are produced by bacteria that fluoresce red, and fluorophores that are on the border of tooth enamel and dentin that fluoresce green. The red fluorescence is a measure of harmful bacterial activity and the green fluorescence shows minor damage to the tooth enamel. Combined with the special filter, this produces the QLF image. In the QLF image, the contrast between clean and infected tissue and between healthy and damaged enamel is much greater than with normal illumination. This also makes it much easier for laymen to see whether a mouth is healthy or not. Another advantage is that the degree of contamination and the extent of the damage to the enamel can be measured at any time. In turn these measurements can be utilised to create an objective view of the development of oral health over time. Because the method is very sensitive and shows even the slightest deviation, action can be taken before it is too late.
Read the entire publication in Dental Info (in dutch) here: Dental Info:
ORTHODONTICS AND ORAL QAMERA
ORTHODONTICS AND ORAL QAMERA ACCORDING TO KATJA VAN OORT
‘‘Oral Qamera has really changed the profession of orthodontics and that starts with the intake of a new patient. When a patient visits our practice for the first time, I check whether his or her teeth are being brushed properly. In many cases we find that children, and also their parents, are unaware of the value of thorough brushing so we try to make them aware of this. Then we commence measuring the braces. The funny thing about first training them to brush better is that you immediately build a nice bond.
IT IS AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE RELATIONSHIP WHICH IS REIMBURSED.
Oral Qamera is invaluable while wearing the braces. At every check-up, I check whether the patient is still brushing properly just by taking a QLF photo. Especially at the first check after placing the braces you can see exactly whether the dental plaque build-up is under control. And the great thing is that the automatically generated hygiene score has a strong motivational effect. Children are quite digital, and images are having a larger impact than just explaining. In the photo, children see exactly where they need to brush and clean better. For me this is the modern, simple and effective way to replace a chemical plaque disclosing test. With Oral Qamera a patient can be monitored much better, and also a file is maintained easily over time. Just one example: a girl comes in with a rather dirty mouth: hygiene scoring a bad 5. After discussing the photo with her she directly understands the importance of brushing better at identified spots. The remaining orthodontic treatment has been so ‘clean’: she only had 0 dental plaque scores! Today I can’t imagine working without Oral Qamera anymore. You always have up-to-date images of your patients, giving confidence and motivation.
Oral Qamera has a positive impact on society, the clinical world and the consumer. It is a triple win. Below we explain why.
If we, as a society, want to keep healthcare affordable, adjustments in our behaviour will be necessary. This means that the focus should be on preventing diseases rather than curing them. The world of dentistry is no exception, even here the emphasis will need to be placed on prevention. With the arrival of Oral Qamera this is entirely possible. With this new technology, plaque and cavities can be detected quickly, easily and safely. Earlier detection ensures that the chance of drilling is kept to a minimum. Oral Qamera also allow dental experts to accurately monitor oral health so that a patient file is automatically built up. By actively deploying Oral Qamera, in the EU alone we can save EUR 52 billion in costs directly related to dentistry every year. And all the other costs that arise from problems in the mouth have not even been mentioned.
THE CLINICAL WORLD
Oral Qamera is the solution to improve servicing all different target audiences. With children aged 5 to 25, it becomes possible to take brushing to a higher level by providing targeted advice and brushing instructions based on QLF photos. Oral Qamera is the best way to build a long-term relationship with this specific group. Older patients, who have not visited their own dentist for a long time, can be actively approached to become familiar with Oral Qamera. All this under the message of ‘new style dentistry’. Involving this group with dentistry practices again, will ensure that these people can enjoy their own teeth for longer and will significantly decrease the risk of other health complications. Then there is one group that is really terrified on the dentist. Based on Oral Qamera, we have developed a protocol which makes it possible for this target audience to find their way back to the dentist. We do this by emphasizing preventive action instead of invasive action. Oral Qamera ensures that the clinical world can optimize care and simultaneously grow sustainably.
Brushing smarter reduces the risk of cavities. Fewer cavities means benefiting longer from your own teeth and fewer health complications later in life. Oral Qamera will soon be introducing a smart scanner for consumers that can detect young dental plaque. This means that you will know within eight hours whether you have brushed properly. Knowing that, the consumer also knows if he must pick up his toothbrush, pick his teeth, etc., again. Brushing in an improved matter also means that one is less anxious to go to the dentist, because you know that you have done everything to keep your teeth in paramount (top kan ook, vind paramount mooier) condition. In addition, by keeping your teeth healthy you decrease the chance of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s for example.
SEEING BY KAREN VAN DAELEN
SEE WHERE OTHERS ARE LOOKIN
I am on a whisper boat in the Biesbosch and I look at nature. A guide points out the presence of a few beavers. They lie on their backs, with a piece of wood between their paws. It is a beautiful sight. The guide advises us to come back in the future in a canoe, because it gives you more time to observe them calmly. It was a special experience. Without that guide we mainly would have looked at the alluring nature around us, but perhaps never seen those beavers.
Looking is different from seeing. Looking can be from a distance or perhaps serve more as a summarising view. But if something is pointed out, one can start seeing instead of just looking. See where the details lie. What sets them apart from the overall image. Details that are special and provide you with insights or turn out to be thought-provoking.
When I look at a set of teeth, with my healthy human eyes, I judge something with air and light to see better. It requires knowledge and skill, technique and effort. Distinguishing between healthy and not healthy makes the practitioner someone who sees and not just looks.
Despite my attentive eyes, I was grateful for that guide on the whisper boat. He neatly pointed out a number of details, which I might have found myself if I had looked long enough. But by pointing us in this direction, we could spend our time seeing details which otherwise would have been missed. The boat would have calmly sailed past, while we were looking at the nature.
Tools that let us see, rather than look, are a blessing. They provide quicker insights in the available time frame to set our sights on. After all, the boat progresses slowly. Oral Qamera with QLF technology is like that guide who pointed me to the beavers. Or even better, the use of the canoe on our next visit to Biesbosch. See instead of looking. Completely independent.
Four steps towards a world without caries
With the arrival of Oral Qamera it becomes possible to one day wake up in a world without caries. In that new world, no one has to worry about the health of our mouths and the mouth is seen by many specialists as the mirror of the body. Everyone knows the first three steps. The fourth step is new. Because with Oral Qamera, everyone at home can immediately check whether they have cleaned properly. Young plaque is immediately visible and can therefore be tackled effectively. Below are the four steps.
Of course, it starts with brushing your teeth. Brush twice a day for 2 minutes with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, preferably with an electric toothbrush.
After brushing, interdental cleaning is almost a mandatory step. Clean the surfaces between your teeth once a day with floss, toothpicks or brushes.
Plaque is stubborn and therefore it is recommended to rinse daily with mouthwash. Rinse with 20 ml for 30 seconds twice a day.
Quick and easy check for plaque. Anyone can do it. Check with Oral Qamera twice a day whether all plaque has disappeared. If plaque remains, start again with step 1.
In the clinical world there is already a Qamera available to detect plaque. We currently have a scanner available for the consumer market that makes old plaque visible. The Oral Qamera Smart Scanner that highlights young plaque is expected to be available at the end of 2021. Contact us for more information.
MOST DENTISTS THINK ABOUT DRILLING TOO FAST
Dentists are trained to solve problems in the mouth, but then you are always chasing the fact. Being ahead of trouble is always better. With the arrival of Oral Qamera, oral care specialists are given the opportunity to work preventively.
THE GREATESTS INVENTION SINCE THE DRILL
Oral Qamera will ensure that what dentistry entails will be completely different. Oral Qamera, based on QLF technology, makes it possible to make plaque visible. This makes it possible to effectively tackle dental plaque – the cause of caries, gingivitis and periodontitis – so that teeth remain healthy for a lifetime. With the arrival of Oral Qamera, the step from cure to care, i.e. from dentistry to oral care, is a fact.
LOWER COSTS, HIGHER QUALITY
With Oral Qamera, the direct and indirect healthcare costs, which are created by dental plaque will be reduced. In addition, Oral Qamera makes it possible to create an up-to-date and complete patient file. This increases the quality of care because a personal care plan can be made for each patient. Such a plan ensures that drilling is kept to a minimum. Want to know more? Please contact us.
IF WE BRUSHING WELL WE FILL A EUR 52 BILLION HOLE
Every year, EUR 52 billion is spent within the EU on medical costs directly related to poor oral care. From dentists who drill holes that would often heal on their own to rheumatism and Alzheimer’s, for example.
BETTER ORAL CARE STARTS WITH ORAL QAMERA
Oral Qamera makes it possible to see problems in the mouth at an early stage. From now on, plaque is already visible after 8 hours. Because this young plaque is visible, it also becomes easier to brush away plaque. Oral Qamera uses QLF technology. A technique that is 100 percent safe for health.
NEVER AVOID THE DENTIST AGAIN
Oral Qamera is available to consumers and professionals. For consumers, we have smart devices for home use. For professionals we have state of the art solutions for the clinical environment. Tools that will not only ensure that the hole of 52 billion is filled, but that will also ensure that people never have to be afraid of the dentist again.
WHY AN X-RAY AT THE DENTIST DOES NOT SHOW EVERYTHING
Taking an X-ray is of course never good for your health. That is why your dentist does not take a picture every time. The x-ray the dentist uses to determine the health of your teeth does not reveal important information. For example, plaque cannot be seen, while it is precisely the beginning of serious diseases that are closely linked to bad teeth.
LOWER COST, HIGHER QUALITY
With Oral Qamera, the direct and indirect healthcare costs, which are created by dental plaque will be reduced. In addition, Oral Qamera makes it possible to create an up-to-date and complete patient file. This increases the quality of care because a personal care plan can be made for each patient. Such a plan ensures that drilling is kept to a minimum.
A COMPLETE RANGE
For consumers, Oral Qamera has smart devices for everyday use. For professionals, there are state of the art solutions for the clinical environment.