Prof. Dr. VITO VRBIČ
Prof. Vito was graduated from the University of Ljubljana’s Medical School in 1961.
In 1970 he earned the PhD title. In 1970, Prof. Vito became Assistant professor at the
Medical School, University of Ljubljana. 1971–1973, Prof. Vito was elected as Vice
Dean of the Medical School, University of Ljubljana. In 1974, he became the first
President of Dental Section of the Slovenian Medical Association. In 1976, Prof. Vito
received the title : Associate professor at the Medical School, University of Ljubljana.
In 1981, he became Full professor at the Medical School, University of Ljubljana.
During the period 1990–1998, he was Head of the Division for Dental Medicine of the
Medical School, Ljubljana. He has been National oral health coordinator and member
of the Slovenian Health Council. Prof. Vrbič is a member of the ORCA, International
Association for Dental Research and Federation Dentaire International. Prof. Vrbič has
authored or coauthored more than 100 publications in the area of fluoride research,
caries prevention and epidemiology of dental caries in Europe, former Yugoslavia and
in Slovenia. In 2009, he was recipient of the Slovenian Medical Chamber’s Hippocrates
Award. In 2010, recipient of the Order of Merit, awarded by the President of Slovenia.
”EPIDEMIOLOGY OF DENTAL CARIES IN 12 YEAR OLDS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, KOSOVO, MACEDONIA, MONTENEGRO, SERBIA, SLOVENIA AND VOJVODINA IN LAST 31 YEARS (1986–2017) ”
Prof. Dr. VITO VRBIČ
1Vito Vrbič, 2Vesna Ambarkova, 3Agim Begzati, 4Mirjana Djuričković, 5Nina Marković, 6Momir Carević, 6Mira Ivanović, 7Sandra Hrvatin
1Professor, Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
2Research Fellow, Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Skopje, Macedonia
3Professor, School of Dentistry, University of Pristina, Kosovo
4Professor, Medical Faculty, Podgorica, Montenegro
5Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
6Professor, Faculty of Stomatology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
7DMD, Medical Faculty, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Background: In the 1980s the WHO determined that only two European countries (Albania and
Yugoslavia ) still had not gathered data on caries prevalence. Because of that, representatives
of all Yugoslavian Republics and Provinces(R/P) agreed to carry out a pilot epidemiological
study on the state of oral health in the country in 1986.
Methods: The method applied in all 8 R/P was the National Oral Pathfinder Survey(NOPS)
using the basic WHO. The examinations were conducted in 22 Yugoslavian towns, including
11 developed and 11 undeveloped areas. Before the project started, all of the examiners were
calibrated at a WHO seminar in 1985.
Results: Now, 31 years later, we have analyzed the status of caries among 12-year-olds in the
(R/P) of the former Yugoslavia by making contact with experts in those R/P, who carried out
epidemiological studies of various extent. We compared all of the results obtained on DMFT
for the period from 2004 to 2017 with the DMFT index for 12-year-olds from 1986 (NOPS),
which served as a basis. It is clear that the overall mean DMFT in 1986 was 6.1, whereas from
2004 to 2017, it decreased to 3.6. Mean DMFT fell everywhere : in Bosnia and Herzegovina
from 6.2 to 4.2, in Croatia from 7.6 to 4.7, in Macedonia from 6.5 to 3.5, in Montenegro from
6.9 to 3.4, in Serbia from 5.0 to 2.6, in Slovenia from 6.1 to 1.5, in Vojvodina from 5.9 to 3.0
and least in Kosovo from 5.9 to 5.8.
Conclusion: The present comparison evaluated the caries decline in 12-year-olds in all R/P of
former Yugoslavia in last 31 years.