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Teledentistry in Practice: A scoping review
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Increasing burden of oral diseases, inequalities, poverty, access to dental care in rural population and shortage of dental professionals are a few of the major oral public health problems globally. Teledentistry as a concept refers to using advanced telecommunication and information systems in different aspects of dentistry. Teledentistry is showing promise to be a means and one of the solutions for some of these oral public health problems.

Objectives: To explore uses and applications of teledentistry in oral health services, globally. As well, to discuss importance of teledentistry as a solution for current oral health problems.

Methods: A scoping review was performed, following Cochrane’s five key stages by searching the following search words: ‘teledentistry’, ‘telemedicine in dentistry’, ‘dental mobile application’ and ‘e-oral health’ in PubMed and Scopus databases. The search led to 627 articles from PubMed and 444 articles from Scopus as initial records, of which 47 were included in this review.

Results: The results revealed wide variety in using around 6 different types of teledentistry in 14 different specialities. Oral pathology, as a speciality ,was the most mentioned area of intervention in included studies (N=14), general dental practice came as the second (N=9), while orthodontics, pedodontics and preventive dentistry all came third with the same number of studies (N=8). However, many studies included more than one dental speciality. Tele-consultation was the most commonly used type of teledentistry (N=20), followed by tele-diagnosis (N=19), and tele-education (N=16).

Conclusion: The review helps to acknowledge the great diversity in the uses and application of teledentistry as a practice that is rising in its uptake globally. Teledentistry is shown to be an option for remote diagnosis, consultation, treatment, monitoring, administration, education and training. Teledentistry can be a help to eliminate current oral public health problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 71
Series
Centre for Public Health Report Series, ISSN 1651-341X ; 2019:20
Keywords [en]
Teledentistry, oral health services, e-oral health
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165964DiVA, id: diva2:1375518
Educational program
Master's Programme in Public Health
Presentation
2019-05-22, Room A309, Caring Sciences Building, Umeå University, Umeå, 11:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved

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