An Overview of the Literature on Teledentistry and its Appli | 91478

Journal of Dental Research and Practice


An Overview of the Literature on Teledentistry and its Applications in Pediatric Dentistry

Noah Williams*

Face-to-face encounters in dentistry were restricted during the disastrous COVID-19 pandemic to create social separation and decrease viral transmission. Teledentistry was used to give dental care. The purpose of this article is to evaluate the literature and information on the supply and use of teledentistry as a strategy to treat pediatric patients' oral health requirements. In the pediatric population, teledentistry has been used for oral health education and promotion, remote diagnosis and monitoring, and behavior coaching. This practice strategy is beneficial in providing dental treatment in remote locations with little access to pediatric dental specialists, monitoring patients between appointments, conducting remote diagnosis and screening programs, promoting the oral health of children through dental education, and in pre-appointment behavior guidance in studies involving pediatric populations for the aforementioned applications. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, dentists used their mobile phones and computer webcams for patient appointments while keeping a safe distance and avoiding exposing themselves and their patients to the virus. Teledentistry can be used to enhance traditional face-to-face child dental treatment, resulting in improved patient management. This technology has the potential to significantly reduce the supply-demand gap for pediatric dentistry experts in areas where healthcare facilities are few, as well as to assure patient safety when delivering dental care to pediatric kids during a pandemic. In the realm of pediatric dentistry, further research is needed to ensure that teledentistry is safe, effective, and evidence-based.