An iTOP instructor, a restorative dentist, and a speaker on behalf of Curaprox Brazil, Prof. Ricardo Amore leads his own clinic, which is recognised for being focused on prevention, in São Paulo, Brazil. From this short interview, you’ll be assured that the right way to achieve good oral health is via prevention, not restorative treatment, and that a person’s health ultimately starts in the mouth.
What routines do you find most critical for maintaining proper oral health?
I find two main routines most critical, and also most challenging to pass on. The first one is at the start of treatment, when I try to motivate patients to make a change in their daily oral hygiene habits. The second critical routine is once the treatment is over, so they maintain it. During this time, I seek methods for how to motivate patients to be persistent intheir oral hygiene routines and to pursue this maintenance in long term.
What does the word prevention mean to you?
To me, prevention means good health and well-being, a quality of life, and longevity.
What is your “golden rule” or advice that you tell your patients often?
Advising patients that the possibility of keeping their teeth for their whole life is definitely possible. Once they really understand it, we work on preventing dental caries and periodontal diseases by performing correct oral hygiene. Another“golden rule” I try to get across is that there is no good general health without good oral health.
What’s the biggest challenge of your job?
As a dentist, I consider it most challenging to get patients to fully understand that the right way to achieve good oral health is via prevention, not via restorative treatment. From a professor’s point of view, it can be demanding at times to make every dental student realise that prevention through efficient oral hygiene is the ultimate goal of dentistry. And that prevention is even more important than performing the best composite-resin restoration, or the best porcelain-veneer laminate. There is no point in doing aesthetic treatment without good oral health – and I try to teach that to everyone.
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What’s the thing that you like about your job the most?
I am a restorative dentistry specialist, but I chose for my private clinic to be recognised as a prevention dental clinic. The reason for this is that my prime focus is on prevention, and to be even more specific – prevention through efficient oral hygiene based on the iTOP philosophy and training.
What’s the most important thing in the terms of oral care routine from your point of view?
Nowadays, dental caries and periodontal diseases are better classified as dysbiosis and the homeostatic imbalance of the oral biofilm. In order to keep the right balance in the mouth, it is mandatory to have a daily oral hygiene routine using an ultra-soft toothbrush, interdental brush, and single brushes.
What’s the biggest oral health myth that you fight against?
A lot of people think interdental brushes cause trauma to the gums, stimulating gingival recession and the black space. But when the interdental brushes are correctly calibrated for each interproximal space, the cleaning becomes efficient and atraumatic as the oral biofilm disintegrates more completely. Interdental brushes cannot be replaced by dental floss in any way.
Prof. Ricardo Amore
A restorative dentist, an iTOP instructor, and a speaker on behalf of Curaprox Brazil Prof. Ricardo Amore graduated in dentistry at University of Mogi das Cruzes in São Paulo in Brazil. He continued to take a master’s degree in operative and restorative dentistry at the University of Taubaté, and completed his studies with a doctorate at the School of Dentistry of São José dos Campos.
Today, Prof. Amore leads the dental clinic in São Paulo which is well-recognised for being focused on prevention in spirits of iTOP philosophy and training. In addition, Prof. Amore teaches a course on operative and restorative dentistry at the São Leopoldo Mandic University. Find out more about his CV, follow his work on Instagram, or contact him directly at email@example.com.