This Dental Care Program For Kids Doesn’t Require A Trip To The Dentist

Hawaii’s keiki have some of the worst oral health in the country.

To combat the state’s extremely high rate of tooth decay among children, a pilot teledentistry program on the Big Island and Maui is bringing dental treatment directly to preschools and other early education sites.

“The dental hygienist goes to the site, takes pictures, does a fast assessment, shoots the pictures back to the dentist, and the dentist looks at it and comes up with a treatment plan,” said Joey Gonsalves, executive director at Hui No Ke Ola Pono, the Maui Native Hawaiian Health Care System that implemented the program on Maui.

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