The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will reverberate for years, and many changes in the industry — increased adoption of teledentistry and the move toward value-based care (VBC), for example — are likely here to stay.
The stark inequities in our society are all too clear — and those same inequities carry through into the oral health care system. At the Institute, we collaborate with thought leaders, providers, patients, and stakeholders at all levels to create a system designed for everyone.
The links between oral health and overall health — between the mouth and the body — are increasingly clear. And to treat the whole person, our health system needs to recognize these connections and bridge the silos between medical care and dental care.
Teledentistry — using telehealth systems and methodologies within oral care — can connect patients and providers in different physical locations, and it has been gaining traction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The advantages of value-based care — a model that rewards the quality of outcomes, not the quantity of services — are clear: less waste, lower costs, and, most importantly, better oral health for patients.