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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 139-142

Teledentistry: Role, scope, and future ahead

1 Department of Periodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India
2 Department of Law, University of Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir, India

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Malvika Singh
Assistant Professor, Department of Periodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/cjhr.cjhr_88_21

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Teledentistry is the use of information technology and telecommunications for dental care, consultation, education, and public awareness and has been ray of hope for patients who need treatment but that have been confined to home due to COVID-19 restrictions. The objective behind writing this article was to assess the relevance of teledentistry during and after COVID-19 pandemic. Internet database Medline/PubMed search for word “teledentistry” resulted in 758 articles. Articles with Medline/PubMed were only considered in writing this review. The result showed that teledentistry became a popular and successful means of tele-treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not much used earlier, teledentistry is here to stay, it has presented itself as a boon not only during COVID-19 period but holds a strong promise to treat patients in rural inaccessible areas, old age patients, and patients with special needs among others.

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