We're all getting familiar with online classes, online presentations and online meetings. But the UNC Adams School of Dentistry is advancing a new form of virtual contact — online dentistry.
During the COVID-19 outbreak and because of the a statewide stay-at-home order, Carolina Dentistry is offering teledentistry services through a virtual helpline to patients and oral health care providers.
This online service was developed to try to maintain patient-centered care while limiting the dental clinic to emergencies only, according to University Communications. Patients are able to virtually connect with a health care professional who provides advice for non-emergent oral health needs or referrals for emergencies that must be addressed face to face.
The helpline also allows oral health care professionals throughout North Carolina to speak with a specialist for patient consultations or referrals during an emergency.
Dr. Shaun Matthews, an associate professor at the dentistry, aided in the development of the oral heath care helpline. Matthews said the line intends to try to and keep as many patients as possible at home.