Teledentistry is a method of providing oral health education, care, and consultation through a virtual platform.
Teledentistry is not a specific service, but rather an alternative way to deliver and coordinate dental care. Similar to telemedicine, a dental provider can use a virtual platform to conduct a teledentistry visit with a patient or connect virtually with another provider. This offers several benefits to both patient and provider, including:
- Eliminates transportation to the office for the patient, making care more convenient and accessible
- Improves dental office efficiency by ensuring providers are working at the top of their license
- Allows for improved continuity of care and more opportunities to build a trusting relationship between patient and provider
Thank you to Dr. Tiffany Nightengale at Eastern Shore Rural Health System and Parker, Catalyst CEO Sarah Holland's son, for participating in this practice teledentistry visit!
Teledentistry Learning Collaborative
In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, Catalyst staff support dental safety net clinics in implementing innovative teledentistry projects that increase access to equitable oral health care. This program provides education and technical assistance to participating clinics, including teledentistry best practices and lessons learned, and information about software, equipment, or platform options.
Future of Public Oral Health
Catalyst also convenes teledentistry expertise through the FPOH Technology Workgroup. Members are working together to increase utilization of teledentistry for emergent care, consultations, and care coordination in clinical and community settings across Virginia in order to increase engagement and trust in the public oral health system.
Learn more & get involved!
Click below to learn more about the FPOH Technology Workgroup