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Pandemic Paves Way for Mobile Dentistry, Teledentistry in Long-Term Care, Experts Say

April 13, 2021
by McKnight's Long-Term Care News


Mobile dentistry for people with dementia, teledentistry, and vaccines by dentist are some of the opportunities that have arisen from disruptions to residents’ oral healthcare during the pandemic, experts say.

The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted weaknesses in oral healthcare in long-term care settings and created potential for positive long-term changes, according to a new report with recommendations from the Gerontological Society of America: “Pandemic-Driven Disruptions in Oral Health: 10 Transformative Trends in Care for Older Adults.”

These opportunities are born of workarounds created by necessity, explained members of the GSA’s Oral Health Workgroup during a series of webinars that preceded the paper.

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