Democratize dental education and promote oral health for all


NEW YORK, October 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – More than 3.5 billion people worldwide suffer from oral diseases, most of which are preventable. According to data released by the World Health Organization, the combined global prevalence of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss has peaked at 45%.[1] Increasingly, experts agree that moving the needle requires better training for oral health professionals and a more diverse workforce that can meet the needs of children and the elderly. their families where they live, grow, work, play and learn.

Transforming Oral Health Education to Improve Oral Health Outcomes: MDK Leadership Team (left to right) Karen He, DMD; Jennifer Lee, DMD; Leela Breitman, DMD; Émilie Van Doren; Alice Li and Maria Meyerhoefer (not in the photo).

Enter My Dental Key (MDK), a women-owned start-up founded in Harvard University transforming oral health education by producing top-notch, medical-grade digital training for oral health professionals around the world with a focus on health promotion and prevention oral care as the key to a healthier future for all.

My Dental Key was created by dental students for dental students and other oral health professionals. Recognizing that there were few validated resources to complement their education and clinical training, in 2020, students launched MDK, a digital learning platform that provides expert verified information, videos, illustrations and step-by-step procedure modules. that enable students and other healthcare professionals around the world to perform oral care procedures with a high level of confidence and competence. Partnership with Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® (BSBF) – Colgate-Palmolive Global Oral Health Initiative – MDK also provides accessible and affordable resources and examines broader issues that lead to poor oral health outcomes.

“My Dental Key is set to revolutionize oral health education,” said Dr. Gillian barclay, Vice President, Global Public Health and Scientific Affairs, Colgate-Palmolive Company. “Its platform democratizes oral health care, making first-class resources available to every dental student and oral health professional, and it helps focus on promoting and prevention of oral health as opposed to a purely curative approach.

MDK has unique visitors in over 130 countries including students, dental school teachers and established healthcare professionals who take advantage of the platform’s resources to enhance their understanding of dental procedures and educate children. and their families on oral health. The company has won several awards, including grants from the American Dental Education Association, Harvard University President’s Innovation Challenge and the Lemann Creativity and Entrepreneurship Program, which encourages innovation for the benefit of society.

“As a company, MDK is dedicated to reinventing the way dental students and other healthcare professionals learn,” said Leela Breitman, DMD, CEO and co-founder of the company. “By harnessing today’s technology to help students and other oral health professionals visualize complex clinical concepts, we are helping to develop better oral health professionals and enable them to communicate and empower communities in ways that truly promote good oral health. “

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