TRAINING COURSE – 3 months for Non professionals
|1||General and oral anatomy|
|2||General health and oral health (diseases and ‘First Aid’)|
|3||Clinical Skill Programme|
|4||Treatment procedures “ART” on models|
|5||Treatment procedures “ART” on patients|
|Course details||No. days||No.of hours/day||TOTAL HOURS|
|1||General and oral anatomy||4||6||24|
|- Functions of different teeth|
|- Chronological order of eruption, etc…|
|- Identification of abnormalities/ aberrations [i:e precancerous (related to systemic diseases)]|
|3||Clinical Skill Programme||24|
|- Human-centered derivation (body awareness)||2||4||8|
|- Positions, contacts, views||2||4||8|
|- Basic control tests – 3D accuracy||2||4||8|
|4||Treatment procedures “ART”||72|
|- Cavity cleaning on models||4||6||24|
|- Cavity filling on models||4||6||24|
|- Scaling on model||4||6||24|
|5||Treatment procedures “ART”||72|
|- Cavity cleaning on patients||4||6||24|
|- Cavity filling on patients||4||6||24|
|- Scaling on patients||4||6||24|
|- Filling materials||1||6||6|
|- Set-up of a Sub-Centre||1||6||6|
|- Population survey + statistics||1||6||6|
Training our Dental Health Workers
From 1993 to 1996 we trained 26 women from the villages to acquire pd skills parallely to basic knowledge
to become Dental Health Workers (like dental hygienists) who had no medical/dental background, just school level. This training went through 6 days from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
- Days 1, 2: they went through 12 exercises of body awareness in order to feel their preferred posture and body conditions for optional control and minimum stress.
- Days 3, 4, 5: they went though other exercises on simulated mouth for finger control with instruments in direct and indirect view.
- Day 6: in the clinic they had to drill in indirect view on a ‘simulation mouth’ with a turbine (high speed drill at 500.000 rpm) the grove on the occlusal surface of the first upper right molar, keeping their optimal posture / position with a balanced head.
It is one of the most difficult task for a dentist: controlling an extremely powerful device with a water spray (to cool down the tooth) to drill a soft acrylic tooth in indirect view!
They all made it within this last morning. I remember this magic and unique experience – only possible in pd condition with pd equipment and instruments – overwhelming everyone in a very concentrated state of mind: I didn’t know how far they could succeed but they did it with the joy to discover their ability to do a such precise task!
These women never held a turbine in their hand nor were used to do such a precise work with an accuracy of 2/10mm.
But they did it as human beings – not as professionals – by using best their body balance and therefore enhance the manual skills!
That the genius of this 0 Concept method: it accelerates the manual skill acquisition and can be applied anywhere in the world.
Of course, they will not drill cavities in the villages as there is not such sophisticated set-up depending of costly infrastructure with stable power, water and air compressed. They just acquired the manual skills in 24 hours (to be reinforced for few weeks and be self confident enough) to do the basic care with hand instruments without electricity – a still unique experience so far in rural India!
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Proprioceptive training program
The training program is meticulous. It adopts a dental practice method inspired from Vedic concept of Zero, where emphasis is laid on the absence for need for care by promoting preventive treatment and a balanced health. The method also takes good care of the practitioner, where proper sitting position and attention to good posture is emphasised. This is referred to as prorpioceptive (or self awareness) practice. It allows for much more efficient working condition, reducing stress on the body and unecessary waste of energy.
The training explores all aspects of the work, from the dental surgeaon and their assistants to the health workers. From ensuring correct posture to precise and minimal handling of equipment.