Seminar - 90 Minutes
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) greatly affects U.S. low-income urban and rural children. Often, these children face multiple barriers to accessing pediatric oral health care and consequently have untreated oral disease. The purpose of this seminar is to present applications of asynchronous and synchronous teledentistry models that can be used in reaching underserved children without ready access to pediatric oral health care. These models support the role of teledentistry in reducing costs and barriers to accessing oral health care, improving oral health outcomes, increasing utilization of oral health care resources and lead to the establishment of a dental home for underserved children. The content of the seminar will include a description of successful asynchronous and synchronous teledentistry programs, their inception, applications, advantages and challenges. We will present key components that are needed for establishing successful and sustainable teledentistry initiatives that aid in identifying a dental home for underserved children.