Full Promise of Teledentistry Hinges on Dental Education, ADEA Report Finds

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and broadened the use of teledentistry, offering new promise in the ability to reach vulnerable populations in the greatest need of oral health care, according to a policy research report from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) .

At the same time, the report— “Teledentistry: Innovation to Improving Access and Delivery to Oral Health Care Services in Dental Education” —said dental education is key to fully realizing that potential because of the need to train future dentists on the latest in teledentistry models and processes.

“Health delivery systems, oral health stakeholders and policymakers have a critical role in ensuring teledentistry’s parity is achieved to continue delivering optimal oral health services,” according to the report. “Looking into the future, academic dentistry will be pivotal in educating and training the dentists of tomorrow on teledentistry modalities and offering a new perspective on the delivery of oral health care.”

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