This module presents best practices for teledentistry, as an alternative way for dental professionals to deliver and coordinate dental care. Much like in telemedicine, teledentistry utilizes a virtual platform to allow a dental provider to conduct a patient visit or to connect virtually with another provider. This method offers several benefits to both the patient and the provider, by eliminating the need for patient transportation to and from the office, allowing for more accessible and convenient access to care, by improving efficiency both within the dental office and for the patient, by minimizing scheduling delays and wait times, and by allowing for improved continuity of care and more opportunities to build a trusting relationship between patient and provider.

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People 2030, has established a goal of improving oral health by increasing access to oral health care, including preventative services (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHD], n.d.).

Course Highlights:
  • To use telemedicine and associated technology to manage dental care.
  • To provide best practices and considerations on how to effectively diagnose and manage a patient needing teledentistry.
  • To support locally and regionally delivered care by synchronous, asynchronous, consultative, provider-to-provider communications
Learning Objectives:

After completing this activity, participants should be better able to do the following:

  • Define teledentistry.
  • Discuss the various modalities of teledentistry and how they can be used.
  • Provide and explain the benefits and barriers of utilizing teledentistry.
Target Audience

This course is designed for a range of learners including Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Oral Health Program Managers, School Nurses

Authored by:
  • Erika Slagel-Perry, LPN
    School Program Manager
    NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert
    Community Health Center of the New River Valley
  • Gabrielle Stowers
    Lead School Oral Health Advocate
    Community Health Center of the New River Valley
  • Ericca Facetti, BS
    Vice President of Clinical and Community Care
    Virginia Health Catalyst
  • Isabelle Stitt-Fredericks
    Clinical and Community Care Program Manager
    Virginia Health Catalyst
Designed and Edited by:
  • Kathleen Bunch Meneses, MS

*Purchase grants one learner one year’s access to lessons and quizzes (access expires 365 days from date of course activation).

Grant information:

This project is supported through funds from the Virginia Department of Health’s HRSA Oral Health Workforce grant (702F2300180).

Course Price
Additional Details
Credit(s) Offered
.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
.5 MOC Part II Self-Assessment Credit
.5 Contact Hour
.5 Hour of Participation