Virtual Conference
Boris Egic

Boris Egic

Health Center Murska Sobota, Slovenia

Title: Multidisciplinary approach to the implementation of a preventive dental health program


Oral health is an important part of general health and a multidisciplinary approach is needed to maintain oral health. This approach is particularly important in childhood - the most vulnerable period of human life.

Dental prevention begins immediately after conception and during intrauterine life. The oral health of the expectant mother affects also the oral health of the child. The mineralization of teeth starts during pregnancy and any irregularity in that process has permanent consequences. Therefore, it is very important that the expectant mothers attend the “School for Expectant Parents” (organized by gynecologists), where, among others, a dentist gives his lectures on how to take better care of the oral health for mother and child. This is a first step towards better oral health for the child.
After birth, we continue our care for oral health. With help of a patronage service and pediatricians (they are first who come in contact with the children), we activate parents to visit dentist for the first preventive-consultative examination.

The next big step in child’s life is an entry in the kindergarten. The kindergarten teachers are the next link in this chain. Our preventive medicine nurses go to the kindergartens and activate kindergarten teachers and children in the daily care of a healthy mouth. They conduct lessons/games on proper care for good oral health and proper tooth brushing and active participation of the kindergarten children. The dentist also holds a lesson for parents on the importance of nutrition, oral hygiene and vices. The primary school is an ideal place to activate the whole population for the implementation of the preventive program. The implementation of the preventive program in the primary school is led trough in cooperation with the school management (organizing the program in the school), teachers, parents (workshops), dentists (systematic examinations), “preventive” nurses (lectures and workshops), data collection and processing and updating of the preventive program (obligation of the specialist of pediatric dentistry).

The preventive program continues in a high school where we conduct lectures, workshops and systematic examinations. The activities of the oral preventive program will also be extended to vulnerable groups such as the Roamer population (lectures and workshops for parents and children in Romer settlements, after prior consultation with the “settlement management” and with the Roamer translator).

Special attention is given to children and adults with special needs in the specialized schools and institutions. In our area there is also a national minority with different mother tongue (Hungarian minority). Our team has involved the translator in these activities.

The local community has recognized our value and benefits. We were invited to different events and many workshops (Weight loss schools, Smoking prevention schools, Proper nutrition schools etc.). In collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, we disseminate our knowledge and pass it to other areas. In this fight against caries, every expert has a significant role to play and children need our help, knowledge, cooperation and activities for a better quality of life. Children are our future and we have a duty to give them a bright smile and a healthy future.


Boris Egic finished elementary and secondary medical school in Zenica, Bosna and Herzegovina. He graduated from the faculty of dentistry in Nis, Serbia. Specialization from children and preventive dentistry finished in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is currently employed in Health Center Murska Sobota, department of dentistry.