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 (email@example.com), the Editor of BMC Oral Health.