Barriers to care require innovative solutions
Teledentistry refers to a variety of technologies and tactics used to virtually deliver oral health and education services and helps to connect providers to other providers or connects providers directly with patients to enhance care and education delivery. Teledentistry services can expand oral health access, lower costs, and improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction—making it a critical service to transform the oral health industry.
Most people aren’t getting the preventive oral health care and treatment they need to live healthy lives. According to the DentaQuest research report, Reversible Decay: Oral Health is a Public Health Problem We Can Solve, patients identify three top reasons they struggle to access oral health care: cost, lack of dental insurance, and access issues. The report also shows a widespread desire for collaborative solutions.
Access issues include:
That list of access issues points to an overarching problem that teledentistry is already solving for many communities nationwide: traditional dental care delivery simply doesn't work for many Americans.
- Inability to take time off of work
- Lack of transportation
- Few dentists/oral care providers in the area
- Lack of child care that enables you can see a dentist/oral care provider
- Hard to find a dentist that speaks your lanuage
- Hard to find a dentist that understands your culture