Fragments of the interview come from Medical Maestro Magazine Vol. 14, s./p. 1982-1987
Magdalena Szumska: Can we be proud of Polish dentistry?
Marzena Dominiak: I quess we can be proud of what we do, how we organize, how we treat patients, what research we conduct. (…).
Do Poles lack a prophylaxis on a daily basis?
I think that, unfortunately, yes; it is not a level which is in our neighbouring countries (maybe not in every one of them), definitely not in Scandinavian countries. The same thing we may say about Western Europe countries: there is by far the greatest consciousness of the necessity of usual brushing teeth, the quality of it, visits at the dentists and, of course, the impact of and possibilities of development of decay or periontium diseases. Because, actually, by usual, and unsual at the same time, brushing teeth we may prevent the basic diseases in 100%.
(…) Dentistry is not a lonely island, but one of the children of medicine, treated equally.
Yes, these are the gates to our whole organism and without dentistry there is no possibility of achieving the health of entire body. That is why, it is important that all the dentists and doctors understand, that, in fact, the patient has only one organism, and we decide on its health on different levels, depending on the patient and what ails him or her. There is no way of treating the disease of the tooth, if the patient suffers from, for example, diabetes, that is not treated, and conversely. (…) Teeth have an influence on many other diseases, e.g. cardiovascular system diseases or low birth weight of infants and premature birth.