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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.

Meet the Guest Editors

Raša Mladenović

New Content ItemDr Raša Mladenović is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kragujevac, Serbia. Rasa specializes in Paediatric Dentistry and has dedicated a good part of his research to digital dentistry. Dr Mladenović works on projects developing technology-enhanced teaching methods in dental education. He is experienced in the programming of dedicated applications and educational promoting materials in the field of oral health and education. Dr Mladenović is also a member of the BMC Oral Health Editorial Board.

Bharathi Purohit

New Content ItemDr Bharathi Purohit is an Assistant Professor within the Division of Public Health Dentistry, Centre for Dental Education and Research, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Dr Purohit has scientific publications among the highly acclaimed PubMed indexed international journals and is a member of the BMC Oral Health Editorial Board. She has expertise in oral health promotion, oral health policy and teledentistry.

Tuti Mohd-Dom

New Content ItemTuti is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry, the National University of Malaysia. She has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan,  and her PhD was in Community Health awarded by the National University of Malaysia. Her research interests include health systems and policies, multidisciplinary approaches to promote oral health and reduce oral health disparities, and methods to improve soft skills in dental education. She is involved in developing national accreditation standards and quality assurance in dental education as well as evaluating compliance to these standards. Dr Tuti Mohd-Dom is also a member of the BMC Oral Health Editorial Board. 

Submission guidelines

This Collection will consider researchdatabase and software articles. Review articles will be considered at the discretion of the Journal’s Editor. If you would like to submit a review article, please first email Jennifer Harman <jennifer.harman@springernature.com> - the Editor of BMC Oral Health. Please note that unsolicited reviews will not be considered as per our submission guidelines.

Datasets, descriptions and short reports relevant to the Collection will be considered by BMC Research Notes as data or research notes. This type of content will be published in BMC Research Notes and included in the final collection.

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 Members 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). 

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for BMC Oral Health. Please ensure you highlight in your cover letter that you are submitting to a collection and select the collection in the submission questionnaire in Editorial Manager.

If accepted for publication, an article processing charge applies. Please click here to find out about our standard waiver policy.

The Collection closes on the 1st of July 2022.


  1. Globally, with the COVID-19 pandemic, dental services were limited to emergency/ urgent conditions and were provided only after tele-triage referral for face-to-face management. However, no previous research e...

    Authors: Shaymaa Abdulreda Ali and Walid El Ansari
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:310
  2. Teledentistry has expanded access to oral health care by allowing patients and providers the option to receive care using technology and telecommunications. This study used a cross-sectional, mixed-methods des...

    Authors: Tamanna Tiwari, Vuong Diep, Eric Tranby, Madhuli Thakkar-Samtani and Julie Frantsve-Hawley
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:176
  3. With the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of children had their dental care interrupted or postponed, generating a pent-up demand for primary care. To minimize the impact of this outage, information and communicat...

    Authors: Karina Haibara Natal, Thais Gomes Machado, Fabiana Bracco, Luiz Ivan Lemos, Maria Eduarda Vigano, Gabriela Manco Machado, Jhandira Daibelis Yampa-Vargas, Daniela Prócida Raggio, Fausto Medeiros Mendes, José Carlos Pettorossi Imparato, Edson Hilan Gomes Lucena, Yuri Wanderley Cavalcanti, Cícero Inacio Silva, Guido Lemos Souza Filho, Mary Caroline Skelton Macedo, Fernanda Campos Almeida Carrer…
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:112
  4. Following Covid-19, many departments have incorporated teledentistry into practice. As new consultation methods are introduced, it’s imperative that patients have as similar an experience with virtual consulta...

    Authors: Aoife Crummey, Abigail Graham and Eleni Besi
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:83
  5. Traditional face-to-face clinical learning became problematic for final year dental students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance-learning may help mitigate the immediate impact of dental school closures. In...

    Authors: Rasa Mladenovic, Sakher AlQahtani, Kristina Mladenovic, Zoran Bukumiric and Sobia Zafar
    Citation: BMC Oral Health 2022 22:40
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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