Teledentistry: Technology Meets Oral Health
American Fork, Utah, United States, August 10 2020 (Wiredrelease) Tork Media LLC –: In this technology-dependent generation, the popularity of telehealth has skyrocketed in the past couple of years in the professional healthcare industry. This involves the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as mobile devices and computers to access health care services remotely through an online patient portal. One component of telehealth is the term teledentistry, which points to the importance of including dental health into primary care.
Teledentistry refers to the use of telecommunication and information technology for dental care, education, consultation, and public awareness remotely, rather than in-person contact between dentists and patients. Teledentistry creates opportunities by connecting care providers and allowing them to collaborate remotely across every step of a patient’s dental health journey.
“Teledentistry is proof that the dental industry is embracing innovation, too.”
Some of the benefits of teledentistry include the convenient dental care access for patients located in rural areas–those who would otherwise delay or postpone dental care, or those without convenient access to a dental professional. All services delivered via teledentistry are properly documented and supervised to ensure that every dental practice conforms with the practice laws, regulations, and rules.
Benefits of Teledentistry
Ignoring your dental health is somehow similar to neglecting maintenance on one’s car because eventually, something will go wrong and you will end up in a more serious situation. But with the rapid rise of technology, neglecting your oral health is no longer an issue.
Virtual dentistry provides improved access to dental care for people with mobility issues or people who are unable to get time off work. It can also be tailored to patients’ needs to shorten wait times and reduce travel times. In addition to this, you can easily get a second opinion from a dental expert, who might be far away from you geographically.
With virtual dentistry, patients can meet with their dentists virtually for oral consultations, diagnostic test reviews, updates, and other procedures that do not require physical presence. Many dentist clinics provide virtual appointments that enable you to see your dentist via online video conferencing when an in-person visit isn’t required or possible at the moment.
When a patient is in pain and needs antibiotics to cure an abscess, a remote prescription can be made for the patient, instead of doing nothing and leaving the patient in dreadful pain until they can personally have an appointment. This can also be suitable for housebound senior patients who require more specialized dental services, including adults with learning and physical disabilities or cognitive problems.
The variety of technology enables dentists and professionals to monitor your oral health remotely. As long as the patient owns a smartphone or computer, they can be monitored by a dentist. This removes one of the greatest barriers to entry for patients, which is time by offering digital options for appointments and monitoring. Furthermore, it has been shown that teledentistry reduces the overall cost of care and increases efficiency through reduced travel times, shared professional staffing, and fewer in-person appointments.
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