Teledentistry: The Need of An Hour During Pandemic COVID-19

Authors

  • Jyoti Prajapat, S
  • Rajesh Prajapat
  • Sowmya H K
  • Sanjeev B Khanagar
  • Prabhadevi C Maganur
  • Satish Vishwanathaiah

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14584

Keywords:

COVID-19, Teledentistry, Cross infection, Social distancing

Abstract

The epidemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), originating in Wuhan, China, has become a major
public health challenge. According to WHO, “It is possible to halt the virus spread, by adopting measures
to detect disease early, isolate and treat the cases, tracing the people who came in contact with those who
are infected, wearing gloves and masks, limitation of people going outside their home and promote social
distancing measures.” Due to the characteristics of dental settings, the risk of cross infection can be high
between patients and dental practitioners and can spread from patient to patient.As part of its efforts to
mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemicthe American Dental Association (ADA) provided essential
guidance on (i) emergency vs. nonemergency dental care and (ii) the use of teledentistry. In response to the
current health crisis, teledentistry is emerging as a viable care option in an effort to help “flatten the curve”
of the COVID-19 pandemic.During the COVID-19 outbreak, teledentistry is an effective way to triage
patients and conduct problem-focused evaluations in order to limit office visits to patients needing urgent or
emergency care. This article, based on relevant guidelines and research, introduces the essential knowledge
about COVID-19, and focuses on how teledentistry can be helpful in preventing dental emergencies by
providing effective dental care to patients during quarantine, and also educate and motivate people to opt
necessary dental hygiene measures.

Author Biographies

Jyoti Prajapat, S

Private Practitioner, Oral Medicine and Radiology,Gurugram, Haryana

Rajesh Prajapat

Prosthodontics Crown and Bridge,
Private Practitioner, Gurugram, Haryana

Sowmya H K

Assistant Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and
Endodontics, JSS dental College and Hospital, JSSAHER, Mysore

Sanjeev B Khanagar

Lecturer,
Preventive Dental Science Department, College of Dentistry, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Prabhadevi C Maganur

Associate
Professor, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Pedodontics, , College of Dentistry, , Jazan
University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Satish Vishwanathaiah

Associate
Professor, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, Division of Pedodontics, , College of Dentistry, , Jazan
University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

Jyoti Prajapat, S, Rajesh Prajapat, Sowmya H K, Sanjeev B Khanagar, Prabhadevi C Maganur, & Satish Vishwanathaiah. (2021). Teledentistry: The Need of An Hour During Pandemic COVID-19. Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 1706-1708. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14584

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