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Is Teledentistry a Method for Optimizing Dental Practice, Even in the Post-Pandemic Period? An Integrative Review

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Prosthetic Dentistry and Dental Materials Department, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 32 Clinicilor Street, 400006 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Abilities Human Sciences, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Department of Periodontology, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 400012 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Orthodontic Department, George Emil Palade University of Medicine, Pharmacy, Science and Technology, 38 Gheorghe Marinescu Street, 540142 Targu Mures, Romania
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(13), 7609; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137609
Received: 11 May 2022 / Revised: 19 June 2022 / Accepted: 21 June 2022 / Published: 22 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Digital Health)
Background: For the past two and half years, dentists all across the world, along with their patients, have faced numerous challenges. In this context, the aim of this integrative review was to assess if dentists’ and patients’ attitudes regarding teledentistry (TD) have changed since the COVID-19 outbreak, and if the use of TD will continue to rise, even in the post-pandemic period; (2) Methods: A literature search was performed between August 2021 and January 2022. The PubMed, Scopus, and Science Direct databases were searched for articles published between 2012 and 2022 using a combination of the following Mesh terms: “COVID-19”, “pandemic”, “oral telemedicine”, “teledentistry”; (3) Results: Among the 52 included papers, nine papers were published between 2011 and 2019, and 43 articles were published after 2020 (12 were published in 2020, 29 papers were published in 2021, and two in 2022). Among the articles published before 2020, seven out of nine included papers were reviews, and two were original research. Among the 43 papers published after 2020, 18 were reviews and 25 original research. (4) Conclusions: Based on the results of this integrative review, there is clear evidence that the interest in teledentistry and teleassistance in the dental field has increased rapidly, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, while dental practitioners should be encouraged to keep themselves updated about new technologies, patients should also be constantly informed about their options for receiving special oral health care. View Full-Text
Keywords: teledentistry; COVID-19 pandemic; post-pandemic period; dental care teledentistry; COVID-19 pandemic; post-pandemic period; dental care
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Kui, A.; Popescu, C.; Labuneț, A.; Almășan, O.; Petruțiu, A.; Păcurar, M.; Buduru, S. Is Teledentistry a Method for Optimizing Dental Practice, Even in the Post-Pandemic Period? An Integrative Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 7609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137609

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Kui A, Popescu C, Labuneț A, Almășan O, Petruțiu A, Păcurar M, Buduru S. Is Teledentistry a Method for Optimizing Dental Practice, Even in the Post-Pandemic Period? An Integrative Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(13):7609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137609

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Kui, Andreea, Codruța Popescu, Anca Labuneț, Oana Almășan, Adrian Petruțiu, Mariana Păcurar, and Smaranda Buduru. 2022. "Is Teledentistry a Method for Optimizing Dental Practice, Even in the Post-Pandemic Period? An Integrative Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 13: 7609. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137609

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