MouthWatch Introduces New Remote Dental Care Technology for Teledentistry at Annual Public Health Innovation Conference

04:39 EDT 23 Sep 2016 | PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- MouthWatch, LLC, creators of the new TeleDent™ all-in-one teledentistry solution, will be attending the 33rd Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference in Portland, Oregon, "The largest gathering in Oregon dedicated to presenting the most innovative approaches to addressing today's healthcare issues," according to conference organizers.

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"Rural health care initiatives in Oregon, as elsewhere in the United States, face the combined challenge of restricted funding and remote populations in economically challenged areas with unmet healthcare needs," says Bob Bellhouse, COO and co-founder of MouthWatch.

"According to the Pew Charitable Trust," Bellhouse explains, "the lack of access to dental health care in rural areas contributed significantly to the use of emergency rooms for dental care—with more than 2 million related visits in 2012 at a cost of $1.6 billion, most of which could have been avoided with the kind early preventive care which TeleDent™ is designed to enable. That's just one area where teledentistry can make a difference for rural oral health, in Oregon and beyond."

Supporting this need for a technology solution to rural oral health care is the Institute of Medicine report on oral health in the US that argues that lack of access to oral health care contributes to greater health disparities in the United States overall.  In fact, the Institute recommended, says Bellhouse, that state laws maximize access to oral health care, including through the use of technology-based collaboration and supervision.

"That's exactly what teledentistry and TeleDent™ can provide," says MouthWatch CEO and co-founder, Brant Herman. "Across the country, as in Oregon, state public health innovators are seeking new, cost-effective ways to update and modernize public health systems inside budgetary constraints. Dental care in particular has lagged behind in applying new technology. We're telling people about an all-in-one, (hardware, software, and support) solution to bringing professional dental care to remote underserved areas, cost-effectively."

MouthWatch will be speaking to public health officials and innovators at the 33rd annual gathering in Oregon about the benefits of adopting TeleDent™ to improve rural access to dental care. "We'll outline ways that preventive screenings and outreach programs can be implemented," says Herman. "We'll be sharing insights on using teledentistry to improve rural dental care from lessons we've learned from pilot projects in rural communities."

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(917) 533-3462

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