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Teledentistry and Distance Learning: Improving Access to Oral Health Care and Education

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust teledentistry and distance learning to the forefront of policy considerations. Teledentistry supports the delivery of oral health services through electronic communication means, connecting providers and patients without the usual time and space constraints. Teledentistry's unique ability to connect disadvantaged, rural communities and the homebound with dental providers makes this method particularly well-suited to address the lack of access during and after the pandemic.

Teledentistry can be used for consultation and triage, allowing providers to advise patients whether their dental concerns constitute a need for urgent or emergency care, whether a condition could be temporarily alleviated at home, or whether treatment could be postponed. Teledentistry and distance learning can also be used to facilitate access to preventive services and oral health education.

In support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3: Good Health and Wellbeing and SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, BMC Oral Health has launched a new collection to bring together research using teledentistry or distance learning to:

  • Improve access to oral health care.
  • Support the delivery of oral health services.
  • Facilitate preventative care.
  • Facilitate professional and public oral health education.

Articles under consideration for publication within the collection will be assessed according to the standard BMC Oral Health editorial criteria and will undergo the journal's standard peer-review process overseen by Editorial Board Member Dr Raša Mladenović (University of Kragujevac), ‪Associate Professor Tuti Ningseh Mohd Dom (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and Dr Bharathi Purohit (People's College of Dental Sciences & Research Centre). If accepted for publication, an article processing charge applies (with standard waiver policy).

The collection is now open for submissions!

To submit to the collection, please click here. Please state in your cover letter that your manuscript is for the "Teledentistry and Distance Learning: Improving Access to Oral Health Care and Education" collection. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Oral Health. For pre-submission inquiries, please contact Jennifer Harman (, the Editor of BMC Oral Health.

  1. Dental caries in adolescents remains a significant public health problem with few oral health promotion interventions aimed at reducing dental caries in secondary school-aged students. Previous oral health and...

    Authors: Zoe Marshman, Sarab El-Yousfi, Ian Kellar, Donna Dey, Mark Robertson, Peter Day, Ivor Chestnutt, Sue Pavitt, Mariana de Araujo and Nicola Innes

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2021 21:546

    Content type: Research

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  2. Remote digital monitoring during orthodontic treatment can help patients in improving their oral hygiene performance and reducing the number of appointments due to emergency reasons, especially in time of COVI...

    Authors: Linda Sangalli, Fabio Savoldi, Domenico Dalessandri, Stefano Bonetti, Min Gu, Alberto Signoroni and Corrado Paganelli

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2021 21:435

    Content type: Research

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  3. Virtual reality (VR) has been used successfully in medicine both as a distraction tool during procedures, and as an acclimatisation tool to prepare for a procedure or experience. It has not yet become widely u...

    Authors: Andrea Cunningham, Orlagh McPolin, Richard Fallis, Catherine Coyle, Paul Best and Gerald McKenna

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2021 21:244

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The growth of the internet has increased its use to obtain health information including oral health information (OHI). This study assessed Indonesian adolescents’ use of different internet platforms to obtain ...

    Authors: Diah Ayu Maharani, Maha El Tantawi, Marsha Griselda Yoseph and Anton Rahardjo

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2021 21:22

    Content type: Research article

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  5. This study aimed to design a gamified smartphone application (app) and assess its efficacy for education of mothers regarding oral healthcare of their children.

    Authors: Mitra Zolfaghari, Mina Shirmohammadi, Houra Shahhosseini, Mehrshad Mokhtaran and Simin Z. Mohebbi

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2021 21:18

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Intraoral scans (IOS) provide three-dimensional images with approximate true colors representing a possible tool in teledentistry for remote examination. The aim of the present cross-sectional validation study...

    Authors: Sabrina Steinmeier, Daniel Wiedemeier, Christoph H. F. Hämmerle and Sven Mühlemann

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2020 20:266

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Despite great improvement in child oral health, some children subgroups still suffer from higher levels of dental caries. Geographic and socioeconomic barriers and the lack of access to dental care services ar...

    Authors: Mohamed Estai, Yogesan Kanagasingam, Maryam Mehdizadeh, Janardhan Vignarajan, Richard Norman, Boyen Huang, Heiko Spallek, Michelle Irving, Amit Arora, Estie Kruger and Marc Tennant

    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2020 20:11

    Content type: Study protocol

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