Telehealth has become a hot topic in recent years, particularly with the increased demands placed on the NHS and private practitioners to provide continuous, high-quality care to patients who need it under the constraints of the pandemic. However, these needs existed before the confinement rules, with some populations being under-equipped, and many different populations requiring increased care and difficult to access, as evidenced by the worsening of oral health according to income, the homeless, the incarcerated, the disabled. with reduced mobility such as the elderly or people with certain disabilities, people in assisted living accommodation and refugees, where an established care system may not currently exist to meet their needs. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/970380/Inequalities_in_oral_health_in_England.pdf
Although the verdict is still out on whether remote health care is preferred over the alternative of longer wait times for face-to-face consultations, the value of remote care in providing follow-up continuous, community-based care and resources accessible to more people is clear.
“MyMouthWorks: an innovative telehealth platform for dental health and treatment monitoring”
MyMouthWorks is one such solution, developed by Innovative Oral Solutions, monitoring the weekly progress of patients by generating progress reports, providing image upload functions and monitoring the trajectory from the assessment of base made during the initial consultation. MyMouthWorks currently monitors a range of disorders including open bite, overbite, underbite, crossbite, tongue thrust, temporomandibular joint disorders, lingual frenectomy and apnea of the sleep. Each of these conditions is managed initially on a 16-week program and helps create a collaborative digital environment where ongoing communication between practitioner and patient aids in compliance, informs program adaptations based on patient needs, and does everything this without the need for frequent appointments. Furthermore, its use should be relevant to the work of a range of people within the dental industry, including dentists, orthodontists, speech therapists and oral surgeons.
If little progress is seen over time in a patient, help and guidance is provided, helpful prompts and a reward system help overcome the lag and generate the results they wanted to see. This provides solutions to symptoms experienced over time, rather than just a blanket approach to the diagnosed condition. This versatility and personalization means that a more collaborative and holistic approach to treating many common conditions can improve patient outcomes and experiences, empowering them in their care and on their journey to better oral health.
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