(INTERVIEW) Styrian Dentist of the Year: The relationship has not yet been digitized. Talk time just needs to be taken

(INTERVIEW) Styrian Dentist of the Year: The relationship has not yet been digitized. Talk time just needs to be taken

Vesna Kaloh, a specialist in maxillofacial and dental orthopedics, who has an orthodontic clinic in Maribor, became a Styrian dentist in 2019.

Digital dentistry, digital orthodontics. However, does the relationship between patient and doctor remain analogous to you?

“The relationship has not yet been digitized, thank goodness. It cannot be, it should not be. Kindness, a smile, a trusting communication – these are classic skills – with professionalism, of course – without which there is no medicine, but many other places also no. And this is what our entire collective is written about. I believe that was the reason patients voted for me, for us. “

With the rapid development of new technologies, has communication become somehow inferior?

“But it shouldn’t be. It’s great, of course, that more and more innovations, new techniques, materials, devices are available … Equally important is the time that allows you to accurately present to the patient all the possibilities that technology allows . And, above all, the path that treatment will take, because nothing happens quickly in orthodontic treatment. “ADVERTISING

Is your specialization such that time can be found? Because this is the most common mantra in medical types – there is no time for in-depth conversation within prescribed minutes.

“This time for communication is easy to pick, to take. I take the position that if you really are prevented from doing so and you really do not want to fall into the routine of treating patients like a treadmill, you change jobs. Find a middle ground where patients can be treated this way. , as it should. “

Is that why you went on your own? You were a school dentist for a few years before specializing in orthodontics.

“No, I just wanted something more, something more professional, more challenging, exciting, evolving. I couldn’t imagine being a pediatric dentist until retirement.”

You come from a dental family. Wasn’t it like running away from this profession as long as possible?

“Yes, my dad was a dentist in Kungota – and I spent a lot of time in the practice. Those were, of course, other times, then the pincers were probably the most commonly used dental instrument. the most difficult to achieve specialization in dental medicine. I have worked hard for it and I am not sorry. I also see that it is quite common in dentistry that children go through their parents’ careers. “

It has long been said that twenty years ago we were the role model of dental health and oral hygiene, but today we are far from that.

“This is a logical consequence of the fact that in dentistry, it is necessary to go into a pocket for everyone. It is practically free of charge only for the treatment of pain, for all other services there is an additional charge. important such as a well-functioning car. No one procrastinates when the red oil light comes on, right? We should have a regular preventative check-up every six months and more free dental services, similar to the oral hygiene we once had good prevention programs, remember only those pills that reddened the dental plaque, and teeth gelling and systematic learning of tooth cleaning …Unfortunately, this is becoming less and less, and oral hygiene skills have become left to more or less conscious parents, adolescents … “

Is there a big gap between what orthodontics has to offer today and what the health insurance company “covers”?

“There is a huge gap. Especially with devices that treat orthodontic irregularities. The health insurer only pays for classic removable and fixed appliances for children who get their first orthodontic examination by the age of 16. Adult orthodontics are self-paying. Instead of visible appliances, invisible ones are available. computer-assisted braces that make it faster and more effective to treat orthodontic irregularities but are not paid by the insurance company. We already know about this for almost a decade. “