Dental professionals are encouraged to use teledentistry to maintain continuity of care with patients if they are forced to close their offices.
Dentulu, a telemedicine service for dentistry, is opening up its platform to all dental professionals as well as hospitals across the United States and soon around the world as part of the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dental professionals are encouraged to use teledentistry to maintain continuity of care with patients if they are forced to close their offices or limit in-office patient visits. Dentulu provides a consumer intraoral camera which can be sent home with patients or shipped to their homes allowing dental professionals to see inside the patient’s mouth remotely without exposing their staff or the patient to COVID-19.
“We have decided to waive all set up fees and allow all dental offices and staff to immediately begin registering and utilizing teledentistry without worrying about added expenses,” said Arash Hakhamian, DDS, co-founder and CEO of Dentulu. “This way they can continue to earn some income and maintain their care of patients during these difficult times
Dentists have seen a sudden drop in their schedules as patients and employees grow more concerned about coronavirus and the potential spread in the dental setting where aerosols are rampant.
“We recommend patients continue to address infections and dental diseases as they may be weakening their immune systems leaving them more susceptible to coronavirus,” Hakhamian says. Dental infections have been well documented to travel throughout the body causing a myriad of problems and if dental offices are shut down as a part of larger mass quarantines, teledentistry will be the only HIPAA-compliant platform that will be able to quickly and efficiently treat patients.
Dentulu Teledentistry app is available for iPhone and Android at dentulu.com.