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Teledentistry is the use of information technology such as video conferencing, high-quality image transfer and telecommunication for dental care.

How Does Teledentistry Work?

Teledentistry is dentistry done through information technology, rather than through person-to-person contact. Current protocol involves a parent calling into the office and speaking to a member of the team about their concerns regarding their child's dental health. The team member will screen the call and refer them to an online forum (video chat) with Dr. Hammond or an in office visit — whichever is most appropriate. 

The ADA has taken an active stance recognizing the preventative value of orofacial protectors, including mouth guards. Studies have consistently shown reductions in oral facial injuries with the use of properly fitted mouthguards in a wide range of sports, including basketball, baseball, football, wrestling and soccer.

Only a licensed dentist can diagnose the problem, electronically transmit a prescription for medication, help supervise and monitor a patient's progress, and schedule an in-office visit or video follow-up as needed. Teledentists can monitor a patient's progress and ensure that treatment measures are working effectively.

Teledentistry will never replace person-to-person dentistry, but it does help make dentistry more accessible. Always check with your insurance company to verify coverage for these services.

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