Teledentistry at the Adams School of Dentistry
In North Carolina, there are three counties without any practicing dentists. Nearly 13 percent of kindergarten-aged children have untreated tooth decay, and 21 percent of adults 65 years old and older have lost all of their natural teeth. Teledentistry offers a way to reach these patients and provide oral health care services in a way that is convenient for them.
The UNC Adams School of Dentistry is committed to informing our community of the potential impact of teledentistry on the oral health care of North Carolinians.
A recent teledentistry summit brought together key stakeholders from across the country – including educators, practitioners, legislators, students, public health experts, telehealth pioneers and more – to work on improving access to oral health care in the state, especially those in rural and underserved committees.