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Teledentistry and Mobile Dentistry is Here To Stay

Due to the pandemic, there are patients who are never going to walk through a dental professional’s doors again. But they will allow us to walk through their door.

In the past few months, I’ve received calls from dentists with brick-and-mortar practices to see how they can extend their services to such patients. We can reach them through mobile dentistry or teledentistry.  Let’s answer that question shall we?

So, What’s The Difference Between Mobile
dentistry and Teledentistry

Mobile dentistry and teledentistry go together like peanut and jelly. But there are a few differences between the two.

In mobile dentistry, dental professionals travel in vans with their equipment to provide care in patients’ homes.

There are different types of mobile dentistry too. I am the Geriatric Toothfairy, like you guessed, I practice geriatric mobile dentistry. I visit nursing homes to maintain the oral health of seniors.

If your passion lies in a different area, you can try school base, special needs, corporate, addiction recovery facilities, homebound, or whitening mobile dentistry.

Teledentistry is just as interesting. The dental professional uses technology such as intraoral cameras to examine the patient. These photos give an accurate representation of what is happening in your mouth, but they are not the end-all.

Dental professionals will also need to use intraoral scanners to give more information. You can also use information collected by the assistant and what the patient is telling you. You don’t have to be physically present to give a recommendation. We really are living in exciting times?.

Benefits And Challenges

When I set up my mobile dentistry practice, I was happy because my dream to serve our elders had come true.  But  I experienced teething problems. It’s only fair that I talk to you about this too!

For example, when I was setting up the mobile clinic, I needed to purchase a van, buy equipment and hire staff, which was expensive.

It would help to purchase a van and equipment that cost less but is just as effective. Also, some workers can work from home to cut costs.

Another complication that might arise when setting up a mobile dental unit is that you may need to market your services to attract patients to dentistry.

I was lucky because I have experience in marketing. So I know how to promote my business. Other people might be at a loss of how to do this.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry too much about it, You can hire a professional marketer to help you promote your mobile dentistry business.

Setting Up A Mobile Dentistry

If you would like to take the next step and set up your Mobiel Dental Practice, Mobile Dental Hygiene Practice, or mobile whitening business, the Geriatric Toothfairy is the right person to help you.

I offer mobile dental practice consulting to assist in getting your mobile business up and running. I look forward to hearing from you!

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