Teledentistry Applications: Potential Dental Care Facilitator amidst a Pandemic ZE06-ZE10
Student, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, Okhla, New Delhi, India.
This article illustrates the various accessible Teledentistry Applications (Apps), available on Google play store and Apple app store for android and iOS software, respectively, which can facilitate dental care amidst global health crisis such as pandemics, specifically the current COVID-19 pandemic. Online searches, according to set criteria, were conducted on Google search engine using the WorldWideWeb and Google play store. Search yielded 499 applications of which, 478 were excluded to include a total of 21 applications. Each included app was reviewed for downloads, user ratings, customer support and key features. Teledentistry in the form of mobile or web based application is a viable option for continuing dental services during periods of lockdown. Effective use of the existing apps requires increased patient awareness and dentist acceptance. Newer and efficient apps are required to facilitate comprehensive care in a hospital based dental practice