How prophylaxis could work in France

When Dr Mathieu Deudon started practising as a dentist 20 years ago, prophylaxis was only just starting to be offered in France. Before that, cleaning teeth in the practice was rather uncommon and remained the responsibility of the dentist. For all of his professional life, he has tried to find new ideas for his patients, and now cleaning the patient’s teeth has become the first step in every treatment and appointment. Dental Tribune spoke with the French implantologist at the ADF (Association Dentaire Française) meeting in Paris in France this year.

By Dental Tribune France with Dr. Mathieu Deudon

Dr Deudon, we are here at the EMS booth and you have been quite a fan of the AIRFLOW. What made you buy the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master?

I have always had EMS devices and have been very satisfied with them. I bought the AIRFLOW Prophylaxis Master to provide fast treatment for every patient. The old device was already fast, but this is even faster. The new AIRFLOW PLUS powder has also helped because now the patient requests the powder each time, as well as the device. For two years, the whole office, including the dentist, has been working with air polishing every day. The AIRFLOW is perfect for the first treatment of the patient and for motivating him or her to return to the practice for recall.

Do you disclose before the prophylaxis treatment?

Well, although I really love the new Guided Biofilm Therapy, in France, we have no dental hygienists, so we cannot follow all eight steps. Disclosing is definitely very important to motivate the patient. Disclosing makes perfect sense, especially thanks to EMS’s partnership with Philips. Through disclosing, one can easily explain to the patient in the practice what to do at home. I use disclosing at the first appointment and after the recall. After disclosing, we focus on AIRFLOW, PIEZON, and motivation of and communication with the patient. Disclosing is also very helpful at the end of the appointment so that we can show the patient and check what we are doing. Sometimes, one may forget some areas, so disclosing definitely helps.

Which powder do you recommend, PLUS, SOFT, PERIO, etc.?

It certainly depends on the patient, whether he or she is a heavy smoker, coming back for a recall. We try to find a good frequency for each patient. The dentist needs to find the best frequency, reasons and instruments for recall. If the patient comes to the practice often, we only use PLUS powder. This gives our patient the most comfort. The SOFT powder is stronger, whereas PLUS is easier. In the end, the advantage of the whole system lies in the quality of the powders.

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Dr. Matthieu Deudon
5 chemin Promenade 74920 Combloux