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Reviewing Teledentistry Usage in Canada during COVID-19 to Determine Possible Future Opportunities

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Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON M5G 1M1, Canada
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Department of Dental Public Health, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Ontario, Toronto, ON L1H 7K4, Canada
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Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada
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Academic Editors: Iole Vozza and Fabrizio Guerra
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(1), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010031
Received: 23 November 2021 / Revised: 15 December 2021 / Accepted: 17 December 2021 / Published: 21 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Promotion of Oral Health and New Advances in Dental Public Health)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the limited in-person availability of oral health care providers resulted in an unprecedented utilization of the teledentistry tool. This paper reviews how Canadian organizations supported teledentistry and what can be expected about its usage in the post-pandemic era. An environmental scan across relevant Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial organizations was conducted to review pertinent publicly available documents, including dental regulators’ or associations’ COVID-19 guidance documents, government documents, and media articles. Almost all jurisdictions promoted teledentistry for triaging dental emergencies and screening patients for COVID-19 symptoms but not even half of them have developed guidelines in terms of modalities of usage, handling of personal information, informed consent process, or maintaining standards of practice. During the COVID-19 recovery phase, these advances across Canada will support in developing a comprehensive guidance for teledentistry and possibly specific codes for its utilization. This can create a niche for teledentistry as an adjunct to the main stream dental care delivery where some visits can always be accommodated virtually, reducing disparities in oral healthcare between rural and urban communities. Ultimately, this can potentially make oral health care delivery more effective, efficient, and environmentally friendly in Canada. View Full-Text
Keywords: teledentistry; environmental scan; virtual care; access to care; COVID-19; adjunct service teledentistry; environmental scan; virtual care; access to care; COVID-19; adjunct service
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Singhal, S.; Mohapatra, S.; Quiñonez, C. Reviewing Teledentistry Usage in Canada during COVID-19 to Determine Possible Future Opportunities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010031

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Singhal S, Mohapatra S, Quiñonez C. Reviewing Teledentistry Usage in Canada during COVID-19 to Determine Possible Future Opportunities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(1):31. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010031

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Singhal, Sonica, Shwetabh Mohapatra, and Carlos Quiñonez. 2022. "Reviewing Teledentistry Usage in Canada during COVID-19 to Determine Possible Future Opportunities" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 1: 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19010031

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