Finnish health technology company Koite Health Oy has signed a cooperation agreement with Swedish dental chain Aqua Dental Ab. The partnership will enable around twenty Aqua Dental clinics across Stockholm and Gothenburg to offer Lumoral, the latest technology on the market for improved oral health self-care, to their patients.
Meticulous dental self-care is the basis for the prevention and treatment of gum diseases such as periodontitis. Effective mechanical tooth brushing and flossing is, however, usually not enough.
Lumoral treatment enhances dental self-care, especially when traditional self-care is not sufficient or when an existing oral disease requires more drastic measures than just brushing and flossing alone.
Lumoral puts clinic-level care in the patient's own hands
Research shows that Lumoral's antibacterial aPDT phototherapy effectively eliminates harmful oral bacteria while also treating advanced gum disease. Similar light-activated antibacterial treatments have been used in the past, for example in dental clinics. However, the problem has been the cost and the required frequency of these treatments to provide sufficient benefit.
Koite Health brings a clinic-level treatment method into the hands of its customers. The Lumoral device has also recently been recommended by the Finnish Association of Dental Hygienists.
– Lumoral has shown promising results both clinically and at the advanced molecular level, says Nilminie Rathnayake, Specialist Dentist and Training Manager, Periodontology at Aqua Dental.
According to Rathnayake, patients of Aqua Dental clinics have long wished they could improve their everyday dental self-care.
– The fact that we can recommend Lumoral as a complement to oral self-care seems promising, as research results show that Lumoral has helped achieve excellent results.
The new collaboration will enable the Swedish dental chain to improve patients' oral health and satisfaction by giving them the opportunity to take control of their oral health by including Lumoral in their daily dental care at home.
– I believe that this type of daily oral hygiene supplement will mainly help patients with oral diseases such as periodontitis or peri-implantitis. The Aqua Dental chain aims to provide its patients with the best current care for oral diseases. We believe that the partnership agreement with Koite Health is one way of providing our patients with the best possible care.
A differentiating factor for partner clinics
According to Sakari Nikinmaa, CEO of Koite Health, the benefits of the partnership agreement are mutual.
– By working together, we can improve the quality of dental care and give patients the best possible treatment experience and outcomes. Aqua Dental offers its patients a first-class patient experience and level of dental care, which combines perfectly with Lumoral's uniqueness and efficiency, says Nikinmaa.
According to Nikinmaa, the collaboration will be reflected in joint marketing campaigns in Sweden during the autumn to increase the visibility of Lumoral treatment and awareness of its availability at Aqua Dental clinics.
– Our staff will also actively educate the clinic staff on the latest research findings, so that they are aware of the latest technologies and have the best knowledge available to treat patients.
Sakari Nikinmaa, CEO of Koite Health
Niklas Virta, CEO of Aqua Dental, says the new partnership is proof that Aqua Dental is always striving to improve the dental care it offers and wants to be at the forefront of new treatment methods.
– With Lumoral, we hope to help patients with various oral diseases in a modern and effective way. Research and development is close to our heart, and Lumoral is a means to both influence and prevent the inflammatory process. This is in line with our vision to promote oral and general health, says Virta.
– We at Aqua Dental look forward to working together.
Niklas Virta, CEO of Aqua Dental
Helén Huttunen, Product Manager at Koite Health's Stockholm office, is pleased with the new partnership as it is another step towards much needed improvement in dental health in Sweden.
– Many people suffer daily from some form of bacterial infection in their mouths and poor oral health. To succeed in oral health care, we need to change our habits and get better tools. The link between oral health and heart problems or diabetes has serious consequences. That is why daily oral health is so important. Going to the dentist for annual check-ups is also very necessary, says Huttunen.
According to Huttunen, the oral health situation in Sweden is challenging. The same is true in other Nordic countries, where waiting lists for dental services are long and public oral health resources are scarce.
– In northern Sweden, some patients must wait up to six years for treatment. If patients knew about Lumoral, they could treat themselves at home while waiting to see their dentist. In this way, they can reduce the risk of infection and caries and prevent tooth loss. I hope that all dentists will soon know about Lumoral.
Huttunen points out that the ageing population also brings its own challenges in maintaining oral health.
– Dental implants and other dentures place high demands on the patient's own ability to keep their teeth clean, and this becomes more challenging with ageing. Eating and smiling are basic requirements for life! Lumoral brings great help to many people.