MouthWatch, LLC, recently donated its TeleDent all-in-one teledentistry platform as part of a pilot program to expand the access to oral care for the rapidly growing resident population at Little City, an organization providing services for individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Brant Herman, MouthWatch’s CEO and founder, said, “Little City’s Oral Health Education Program was designed to serve some of society’s most vulnerable individuals—youth, adults, and seniors with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With the recent merger, the foundation must serve hundreds more who need oral care and who live in multiple counties. Teledentistry can help the existing staff Little City’s Oral Health Education Program increase their reach and efficiency to serve more people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”
Carol Roszel, RDH, is the oral health and outreach director for Little City. Another health-care provider, Aunt Martha's also provides dental services via a dental hygienists. Both hygienists have access to the teledentistry equipment.
"If I see something, I can triage and send a picture," Roszel said. "Reciprocally, if Ellen (the other dental hygienist) sees someone needs help with home care, she sends me a note with a picture. Pictures can be taken and forwarded to a case manager or nurse at Little City for them to have for records and reference for the families. If a doctor wants me to check up on a wound or problem area, I can stop at the CILA and take a picture and forward. This eliminates some of the short visits."
She added that the Aunt Martha's providers also refer patients to the University of Illinois and St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago. "So the teledentistry pictures can be forwarded beyond the four county areas that Little City provides care in," Roszel said.
The MouthWatch TeleDent Platform consists of three components—the MouthWatch digital intraoral camera, the ExamTab portable LCD monitor, and the TeleDent all-in-one teledentistry platform that is a scalable and secure cloud-based software solution that enables both real-time streaming and “store and forward” diagnostic images, videos, and documentation. Clinician can remotely conduct a patient evaluation and recommend next steps for treatment.
Tina Lowry, the director of health and wellness services form Little City, said, ”Multiple studies have pointed out that individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities are at a higher risk for oral health problems and yet they are the least likely to receive preventative care and follow up treatment. This pilot powered by MouthWatch and its TeleDent teledentistry platform will help us reduce the disparity of oral health care within the Little City community.”