Welcome to A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) teledentistry website. On this site you will find various resources for patients, providers (including dentists, hygienists, and dental therapists), dental staff, educators, and dental students. The pages for patients, providers, and staff primarily focus on direct-to-patient teledentistry, where the dental provider meets directly with the patient via video conference.
There are numerous ways we can use teledentistry. Besides direct-to-patient teledentistry, other ways are discussed on the about teledentistry tab, on the information for educators tab, and on the teledentistry resources tab. There isn’t just one way to use technology to connect patients to providers. When providers are considering how they will use teledentistry, it’s important they look at what the clinic needs are, what the patient needs are, and what they, as providers, need to accomplish.
While some of the information on this website is specific to the program at ATSU-ASDOH, much of what you’ll find is applicable to any clinic that wants to use teledentistry or for anyone who wants to teach people about teledentistry. We hope that this website will answer most (if not all) the questions you may have about teledentistry. Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, director of public health dentistry & teledentistry, and Colleen Trombly, RDH, MHSA, assistant professor and dental hygienist, are eager to share with you everything they have worked on since 2015.
Tele is Latin for "at a distance." When combined with the word dentistry, people often wonder, "how can you do dentistry at a distance?" Teledentistry is when a dentist (in one location) needs to communicate with someone else (in a different location) about a patient's needs. This can be done via phone, email, video conference, etc. Here are a few scenarios:
Teledentistry does not replace dental procedures that require an in person visit (such as fillings, cleanings, etc.), but it does help us cut down some barriers, such as distance and time, when a patient and a provider are not in the same location.
Putting it simply: It's a tool to we can use to connect with patients.
Scroll through to see key events in telehealth and teledentistry and to see what the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry team has accomplished since 2015.
1926 - In Australia, Alf Tragear, an electical engineer, works with Reverend John Flynn to use bicycle-pedal-powered batteries to transmit morse code from the Australian outback to locations up to 1500 km away to alert healthcare providers to the health needs of those living in remote and rural areas.
1931 - The Royal Flying Doctor Service becomes a national program and is still running to this day. Using telehealth, the RFDS is able to coordinate care between major cities and smaller communities, flying healthcare providers to the smaller communities as needed or providing guidance to local providers.
Mid-1900s - Walter Reed Hospital uses CCTV to link the radiology department to the emergency department.
1980s - Radiologist use tape recordings to report their findings and then mail the tapes to the necessary people
1994 - American College of Radiology published the first standard for teleradiology.
1999 - The first report on teledentistry is presented as part of the U.S. Department of Defense program entitled Total Dental Access.
Spring 2004 - The Arizona Legislature passes a bill that allows affiliated practice dental hygienists to practice in Arizona. This was an important foundational step to allowing teledentistry in Arizona.
July 2012 - Dr. Paul Glassman and his team in California publish a series of articles about teledentistry and the virtual dental home in the Journal of the California Dental Association. The virtual dental home is one of the most widely used models of teledentistry across the country.
Spring 2015 - The Arizona Legislature passes SB 1282, which allowed teledentistry to be used in Arizona.
Summer 2015 - ATSU-ASDOH is awarded a grant by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for $1.7 million (grant #D85HP20045) to expand the interprofessional education curriculum and develop a teledentistry curriculum with a focus on both didactic and clinical experiences.
Oct. 2015 - Dr. Howell and Colleen are hired under the HRSA grant.
Fall/Winter 2015 - Dr. Howell and Colleen begin learning everything they can about teledentistry, including talking with teledentistry leaders, such as Dr. Paul Glassman.
Early 2016 - Dr. Howell and Colleen continue connecting with key teledentistry stakeholders both in and outside of Arizona.
Mid 2016 - Dr. Howell and Colleen develop the first round of teledentistry curriculum and start connecting with community partners where teledentistry activities will occur.
June 2016 - Dr. Howell gives his first lecture on teledentistry to the Society of American Indian Dentists at their annual meeting in Mesa, AZ.
Early to mid 2016 - The teledentistry program develops its first three partnerships:
Summer/Fall 2016 - Dr. Howell and Colleen begin the teledentistry clinical sessions with third-year dental students.
Fall/Winter 2016 - Dr. Howell begins teaching didactic teledentistry courses to second- and third-year dental students.
Early 2017 - The Arizona legislature passes SB 1362 to slightly modify teledentistry language to permit exams to be conducted via teledentistry.
Mid 2017 - Emily Hawkins joins the teledentistry team and works with them through early 2018.
Mid 2017 - The teledentistry team partners with District Medical Group Children's Rehabilitative services to provide care to kids on Medicaid with special needs and complex medical conditions.
Oct. 2017 - Dr. Howell presents a poster on the Arizona legislative and policy issues around teledentistry at the Telemedicine Telehealth Service Provider Showcase in Phoenix, AZ.
Nov. 2017 - Dr. Howell gives a presentation to the Arizona Section of the American Academy of Dental Research on how ATSU-ASDOH is using teledentistry to connect with communities.
Early 2018 - Jessi Walker-Livingston joins the teledentistry team.
Jan. 2018 - Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS, vice dean of ATSU-ASDOH, and Dr. Howell are awarded a grant for $40,000 from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation to purchase a new university vehicle, which allowed them to greatly expand the teledentistry program.
April 2018 - Dr. Howell presents a poster at the National Oral Health Conference in Louisville, KY, on how teledentistry is used to connect with underserved populations in Phoenix.
April 2018 - Dr. Howell hosts a roundtable at the National Oral Health Conference in Louisville, KY, as part of a project to develop a white paper on teledentistry with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
Mid 2018 - The teledentistry team partners with Aster Aging (formerly East Valley Adult Resources) to provide dental services to low-income seniors in and around Mesa, AZ.
Mid 2018 - The teledentistry team also partners with Maricopa Reentry Center to provide care to men recently released from prison and going through a 90-day rehabilitation program for substance abuse.
July 2018 - Dr. Howell gives a presentation at the Texas Oral Health Conference in Austin, TX, on using emerging technologies to provide care to underserved communities.
Aug. 2018 - Dr. Howell discusses the teledentistry program in the Maricopa County Juvenile Detention center for ATSU iConnect.
Nov. 2018 - Dr. Cottam gives a presentation at the National Network for Oral Health Access annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, on using telehealth connected teams to deliver care underserved populations.
Nov. 2018 - The East Valley Tribune publishes an article about the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry program and how they helped kids in detention.
Feb. 2019 - Dr. Howell partners with Dr. Nathan Suter, a national leader in teledentistry, to present to the Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference in Jefferson, City, MO, on using teledentistry to deliver dental care.
March 2019 - Dr. Howell presents to ATSU's Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in St. Louis, MO, on the teledentistry curriculum at ATSU-ASDOH.
April 2019 - Dr. Howell gives a presentation at the "From Ideas to Action: Addressing Arizona children's Oral Health Disparities" conference on the fundamentals of teledentistry in Phoenix, AZ.
June 2019 - Dr. Howell presents a poster at the International Association of Dental Research in Vancouver, BC, on an oral health needs assessment project, conducted through teledentistry, of youth in detention in Maricopa County, AZ.
Oct. 2019 - Dr. Emma Stong Sayhouni, an ATSU-ASDOH graduate, presents a poster at the National Network for Oral Health Access annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV on an evaluation project she conducted of the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry program.
Oct. 2019 - Dr. Howell presents a poster at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, on integrating oral health into a medical clinic while using teledentistry.
Late 2019 - ATSU's Spark magazine publishes an article on the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry program and how the School was able to incorporate teledentistry into patient care.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of attention to teledentistry in ways that we never could have imagined. The teledentistry team at ATSU-ASDOH worked hard to help those around the country learn from the work they had been doing over the last 4+ years.
April 2020 - Dr. Howell joined forces with Ms. Mary Foley and Dr. Yogita Thankur to present on teledentistry at the start of the COVID pandemic as part of an online webinar for the National Network for Oral Health Access.
April 2020 - Dr. Howell presents on the legislative and policy issues around teledentistry in Arizona to the Southern Arizona Oral Health Coalition.
May 2020 - Dr. Howell was invited by MENA Telehealth to present with Dr. Nicolas Giraudeau from France, Dr. Ahmed Ghoneima from the United Arab Emirates, and Dr. Caren Bavaresco from Brazil on how teledentistry is used in different countries.
Mid 2020 - The teledentistry team partners with Catalytic Health Partners to work with nurse practitioners (NP). The NPs collect oral health records on individuals with Medicaid in the field and forward them to providers at ATSU-ASDOH to review to help facilitate and coordinate care.
June 2020 - Eden Ivie, Staci Stout, Leah Smothers, MiQuel McRae, and Dr. Howell presented on teledentistry to the American Dental Hygiene Association annual conference.
July 2020 - Dr. Brooke Fukuoka, Jingjing Qian, Dr. Howell, Dr. Tanner Clark, Melissa Turner, Dr. Paul Glassman, and Brant Herman all present as part of a panel on teledentistry to the Special Care Dentists of Idaho annual session.
Sept. 2020 - Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA, associate dean, post-doctoral education at ATSU-ASDOH, and Dr. Howell are awarded a $25,000 grant from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation to improve the teledentistry activities occurring in the Advanced Care Clinic at ATSU-ASDOH.
Oct. 2020 - Colleen Lampron, Dr. Howell, Dr. Jessica Williams, Dr. Yogita Thakur, and Dr. Paul Glassman discuss a variety of topics related to teledentistry at the National Network for Oral Health Access annual meeting.
Dec. 2020 - Kara Benkovich, D3, presents on her work evaluating the partnership between Maricopa Reentry Center and the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry program to faculty and staff at ATSU.
Early-2021 - Jae Park, DMD, MSD, MS, PhD, director of the postgraduate orthodontic program at ATSU-ASDOH; Dr. Howell; orthodontic residents Dr. Janet Kim, and Dr. Leah Rogowski; and orthodontic fellow Dr. Sumayah Al Shami publish two articles on teleorthodontics, one in the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists and one in The Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry.
Feb. 2021 - Casi Sutherland, D2, presents on findings from a research project she conducted on the economic benefits for patients who are seen via teledentistry as part of ATSU-ASDOH's Research Week.
Feb. 2021 - Dr. Howell wins the 2020 Teledentistry Innovation Award, Dentist/Specialist Category.
March 2021 - Colleen and Dr. Howell present on different technologies used in teledentistry at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session.
April 2021 - Dr. Howell presents at the National Oral Health Conference annual meeting on the history of the teledentistry curriculum and program at ATSU-ASDOH.
April 2021 - Dr. Howell presents at the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers annual meeting on going through a checklist of items to evaluate a clinic's readiness for teledentistry.
August 2021 - The ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry website goes live.
Providers and students from ATSU-ASDOH share how they have used teledentistry in their practice, either at the dental school or in their own private clinics. You will also be able to read stories from others from around the world who have used teledentistry to better serve patients in their clinics.
I have used teledentistry through school, both synchronous and asynchronous. It has been beneficial to learning that dentistry, and healthcare in general, does not have to be traditional in today’s ever-changing society. It is great to see that data can be collected in the field and then reviewed at another location, whether 1 or 100 miles away, to provide care to patients. It was also great to see that post ops can be done for individuals in group homes as it can save valuable resources of time, money, transportation, etc.
We are running a very successful teledentistry program designed to identify the need before the patient has a severe issue. We text patients to let them know they are eligible for a teledentistry screening. They then click a link to schedule an appointment with a state licensed dentist. A half hour before their appointment time, they receive a link to the teledentistry visit. During the visit, the dentist does a caries risk assessment, counsels on good nutrition and proper eating and classifies the patient as "No Evidence of Dental Problems," "Non-Urgent Dental Problems," or "Urgent Care Needed." All patients identified as having urgent issues are case managed to ensure follow-up care. The next day, the patient is sent a follow-up text reminding them that they only received a screening, encouraging them to go to their dentist for a complete exam and providing information on the name and phone number of their dental home as provided to us by their insurance carrier. In a 5 month period we have identified almost 500 urgent cases which, without our intervention, would likely have resulted in a visit to the emergency department rather than the dentist.
We have been utilizing teledentistry at Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) for several years via our integrated dental program located within our pediatric medical centers. CCHCI’s registered dental hygienists are also “affiliated practice dental hygienists,” and as such can initiate care for all patients without the traditional dental exam by a dentist first. Through teledentistry, we are experiencing not only a paradigm shift for our pediatric populations, but also significant provider buy-in from our medical colleagues. We are seeing improved oral outcomes, including: decreased prevalence of untreated caries, increased patient and parent motivation and participation, and decreased caries at recall rates. We hope to advance our services via synchronous teledentistry in the coming years.
I am in the process of developing a pilot project to use teledentistry for follow up visits in the oral surgery department. I also advise other sectors in a research context. The teledentistry use is mainly from provider to provider (e.g. general dentists to consultants). As we are still in the proof-of-concept and pilot stage, the expected benefits we are looking to see is reducing the number of in-person dental visits in the oral surgery department, reduce the travel burden of patients, increase the efficiency of dental care referral and delivery and coordinate patients' appointments.
At Ravenswood Family Health Network, we use asynchronous teledentistry for preventive care and synchronous teledentistry for dental triage. Telehealth provides a great way to reach the patients, allows for more comprehensive discussions, adds predictability to the schedule, and provides timely access to patients. To help providers get comfortable with these visits we use modeling and review data.
Salud Family Health Centers developed the SMILES program (Spanning Miles in Linking Everyone to Services). SMILES has significantly increased accessed to care to the children of our rural community. The teledentistry model has reduced many barriers affecting health care in the underserved communities. Use of teledentistry reduces caregivers time away from work, reduces cost for face-to-face examinations, reduces number of absences from school for children, reduces waiting time and delayed diagnosis. We can now manage dental caries non-surgically by implementing preventive measures in schools via our SMILES program. The children who sign up for our program get dental exams, radiographs, preventive services including SDF, sealants, fluoride treatment and ITRs in schools. Many SMILES children are now cavity free and there is a reduced need to travel to the clinic site
Teledentistry takes teamwork and there are a number of people who use teledentistry within ATSU-ASDOH.
Scott Howell, DMD, MPH, '14
Dr. Howell is the director of public health dentistry & teledentistry at ATSU-ASDOH. Prior to dental school, he was a dental assistant for a portable dental company in Michigan. He worked in long-term care facilities, inner-city schools, and detention centers. In 2010 he moved to Arizona, and graduated from ATSU with his doctor of dental medicine and master of public health degrees in 2014. He then spent a year at Swedish Medical Center (in Seattle, WA) in a hospital dental residency to learn more about treating people with special needs and complex medical conditions. He came back to ATSU-ASDOH in 2015 as an assistant professor. He completed a dental public health residency at University of Texas Health, San Antonio in 2019, and is board certified in dental public health. A teacher at heart, Dr. Howell spent a year and half teaching English from 2006-07 in Ansan, South Korea.
Colleen Trombly, RDH, MHSA
Trombly is a full-time assistant professor at ATSU-ASDOH. She started in her current position in Oct. 2015, working under a 5-year HRSA grant ,which tasked her and other faculty members to take the current teledentistry and interprofessional education programs to the next level. She graduated with her bachelor of science in dental hygiene in 1987 from the University of Colorado's School of Dentistry, and worked as a full-time dental hygienist until 1993, when she accepted a full-time position at the dental school in the office of clinical affairs. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a master's in health services administration. Trombly and her husband have six kids between them, who tend to keep them busy outside of work!
Jessi Walker-Livingston, BSDH, RDH, AP
Walker-Livingston has been working with ATSU-ASDOH in an affiliated practice dental hygiene position since 2018, and has been working in private practice for 19 years. She attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with her bachelor of science in dental hygiene. She is currently working with ATSU-ASDOH third-year dental students by taking them on a public health rotation to a juvenile detention center. Community education and public health are where her heart is. She has worked in mobile dentistry within elementary schools, geriatric care homes, and retirement facilities. She hopes one day to be able to take on a full-time role within community health relations. She moved to the valley with her husband in 2006 and they have 4 children. Aside from being a total dental nerd, Walker-Livingston is an avid baseball fan and pickle enthusiast.
The teledentistry program at ATSU-ASDOH is only able to provide care to individuals referred directly to the program. However, if you are interested in becoming a patient at A.T. Still University's Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, please call 480.248.8100.
As we are a dental school, patients are treated by dental students and dental residents who are closely supervised by attending faculty. Any questions regarding becoming a patient or what being a patient at the dental school entails can be answered by calling 480.248.8100.
For patients who have been referred to or seen through the teledentistry program, please call 480.248.8107 if you need to get a in touch with Dr. Howell or any other provider at ATSU-ASDOH. Dr. Howell will not respond to questions from patients via email.
If at any point you need help with your teledentistry visit, please contact ATSU-ASDOH’s Advanced Care Clinic at 480.248.8107.
What is teledentistry?
In this video, patients can learn about teledentistry and how it is used to help connect them to their oral health providers.
Reviewing teledentistry technology
In this video, patients are introduced to the technology that is needed for a teledentistry visit (a phone, computer, or tablet) and how they will connect with their oral health provider during their teledentistry visit.
Preparing for a teledentistry visit
In this video, patients will be guided through the ins and outs of a teledentistry visit and the steps they can take to ensure a successful visit.
The teledentistry visit
In this video, patients will learn about how a teledentistry visit will be conducted so that it is successful for both them and their provider.
Before your appointment
What device should I use?
Emails with visit information
Ensuring your privacy
Positioning yourself on camera
Commonly used buttons on Zoom
Securing your home network and mobile devices. By taking some simple steps to secure your home network and mobile device, you will decrease the chance of an unwanted person from accessing private information.
Reading an encrypted email. ATSU-ASDOH uses a program called Virtru to send you confidential information, including the link for your teledentistry appointment. After signing into your email, you'll need to access your secure message following the instructions on this site.
Download Zoom. If you don't download Zoom, it will automatically download to your device when you click on the link for your appointment.
Conducting a test of Zoom. You can initiate a "test meeting" to become more comfortable with Zoom.
Running a speed test on your computer. Zoom only needs 3.8Mbps (up) and 3.0Mbps (down) for your teledentistry appointment. If you run a speed test on your device and it's less than this, please call us at 480.248.8107.
If at any point staff need help with teledentistry visits, please contact Dr. Howell at email@example.com
Patients should contact the front desk at 480.248.8107.
Starting the appointment
Positioning yourself on camera
Commonly used buttons on Zoom
Additional items to consider
When not in the ATSU-ASDOH Clinic
What is teledentistry?
In this video, dental providers will learn about teledentistry and how it is used to help connect them to their patients.
Reviewing teledentistry technology
In this video, dental providers will learn how they should prepare for an upcoming teledentistry visit with a patient.
The teledentistry visit
In this video, dental providers will learn how a teledentistry visit is conducted so that it is successful for both them and their patients.
In this video, dental providers will be given some troubleshooting tips should they run into any issues during the teledentistry visit. For more information on troubleshooting, please see the "Troubleshooting" section below.
The right type of appointment
What does the front desk do?
Starting the appointment
Camera tips for the patient
Lighting tips for the patient
Positioning yourself and the patient
Commonly used buttons on Zoom
Additional items to consider
What is teledentistry?
In this video, dental staff can learn about teledentistry and how it is used to help connect patients to their oral health providers.
Preparing for a teledentistry visit
In this video, dental staff will be guided through the steps that will occur prior to the teledentistry visit.
The teledentistry visit
In this video, dental staff will learn about how to conduct a teledentistry visit so that it is successful for both the provider and the patient.
In this video, dental staff will be given some troubleshooting tips should they run into any issues during the teledentistry visit.
Here are some additional links that might be helpful for your teledentistry visit. These issues should not arise if you are working out of the teledentistry suite at ATSU-ASDOH. But if you are working from home, these links might come in handy.
The ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry curriculum has been modified several times throughout the years. In general, the curriculum can be broken into two primary areas:
1) Didactics are all the basics to teledentistry, including terms and concepts, advocacy around teledentistry, and becoming familiar with diagnosing using digital images
2) Labs/clinical components focus on the skills required to effectively collect clinical records for the purposes of assessment and diagnosis.
There are three classes taught either in person or via Zoom to second- and third-year dental students.
In the first class (Introduction to Teledentistry), Dr. Howell teaches second-year dental students toward the end of the fall semester. In the first half of the class, Dr. Howell presents the general terms and concepts related to teledentistry and introduces students to diagnosing patients using digital records.
In the second half of the Introduction to Teledentistry class, the students are broken into groups to discuss a series of cases based on actual patients seen in the teledentistry program. This allows them to begin practicing identifying, diagnosing, and treatment planning cases using only digital records. After the students discuss the cases and questions in small groups, we come back as a class to discuss the answers. The focus of the second teledentistry class, which usually occurs in the spring of the second year, is about recognizing good digital records from bad digital records. Students are given a series of images from different teeth in the mouth and descriptions of what makes those photos good. This includes photos a patient may take of themselves. This class also has a guest speaker who provides students with some background information on the patients they will be working with in the juvenile detention center.
In the second half of the second teledentistry class, students work in groups to identify the problems with a series of digital images of teeth. They are not required to know how to fix those problems, yet, but will learn that in the intraoral camera lab in their third year. They use a Google Form to submit their answers to the instructor. We then come back as a class and students are called on to give their groups' answers.
In the third year, students are given an opportunity to explore the development of a teledentistry program in more detail. Dr. Howell has used a couple different methods to teach these concepts.
All ATSU-ASDOH students complete a Dentistry in the Community (DIC) course where they learn important public health concepts such as needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation. When the third-year teledentistry class was first designed it was done around this framework that they learned in their DIC class. Students were tasked with taking a population facing a unique barrier, identifying a solution to that barrier that involved teledentistry, and then coming up with some specifics for a teledentistry program. The barriers they were given are actual barriers that teledentistry programs around the country have faced.
As the ATSU-ASDOH program began surveying graduating fourth-year dental students on their readiness to use teledentistry after graduating there was a common theme: students didn't know if the states they would practice in or if their bosses would allow them to use teledentistry. To help them prepare to bring teledentistry to their communities, the third-year teledentistry class was modified to focus on advocacy skills. Each group of students is assigned a unique population for whom they could use teledentistry to help deliver oral health services. These groups include patients recently diagnosed with COVID-19, kids and adolescents in detention, and families living in rural communities, to name a few.
The students must develop a solution to delivering care to that population using teledentistry that could be turned into a legislative bill. Finally, they write a testimony that they could present to the state legislature advocating for the passage of their solution. In their testimony they must include data on health and social issues their community is facing and come up with concerns that both liberal and conservative lawmakers may have with their solution. Finally, they must include in their testimony why teledentistry is a viable solution to meet the oral health needs of their particular population. Students then present their testimony to the class and other groups are tasked with coming up with questions that a legislator may ask so as to recreate what a legislative committee meeting might look like.
In the third year, students get the opportunity to practice with intraoral cameras so that they can be better prepared to collect digital records when they go out to community sites as part of the teledentistry activities. In this lab, the students spend about two hours with Colleen Trombly reviewing how digital records are used for teledentistry-based exams. They then practice taking photos and videos on dental manikins.
After practicing, the students are required to complete an intraoral camera lab assessment. Photos are uploaded into the axiUm Ascend training environment and videos are emailed to Dr. Howell. The students then work with Dr. Howell to evaluate their photos and videos and discuss what went well and what needs to be improved. An important lesson during these discussions is specifically identifying how they would improve the photos (i.e. which way would they have to move their hand to make the photo ideal).
As part of their intraoral camera exercises, students get an opportunity to play a game where they have to identify the tooth they are looking at. The game is themed to different horror movies (one of Dr. Howell's favorite genres of movies). To add to the suspense, Dr. Howell will play horror music as the game is played. Students are only given 13 seconds per question to try to answer. All the answers are fill-in-the-blank (no multiple choice). When played in small groups, students write their answers on a piece of paper (or in an email if played virtually) and then Dr. Howell hand-checks the answers. Partial credit can be given when the game is played this way. When played in large groups, Dr. Howell uses Google Forms, which can automatically check the answers but there is no partial credit awarded. The exact games are not available to the public but Dr. Howell has created a Kahoot online game where you can test your own skills at guessing "Which Tooth Is It?"
To play the Kahoot, please go here. Then click "Classic" or "Team Mode." Open a second browser window or use a second device and go to kahoot.it. In this second window/device enter the pin that you see on the first window/device. Enter your name or your team name. Now use the first window/device to advance through the game and the second window/device to play the game. The first few slides in the game are educational slides and the first question starts on slide 9.
If you would like to discuss teledentistry curriculum with Dr. Howell, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATSU-ASDOH and the teledentistry team do not endorse any one company, product, or program that is listed on this site. The resources provided in the links below are items that the teledentistry team has found helpful or that team members have helped develop for agencies external to ATSU-ASDOH. If you have a resource that you’d like to share on this website, please contact Dr. Howell at email@example.com
There are a number of excellent resources available that discuss the various concepts related to teledentistry. These are only a handful but they provide a robust review of the general concepts.
The legal and policy landscape around teledentistry changes on a regular basis. These sites can become outdated as soon as they are posted. Please be sure to check state legislative and state dental board websites before you begin using teledentistry.
For those practicing in Arizona:
Billing and coding will be very specific from state to state and from insurance carrier to insurance carrier. While these documents can be used for reference, it's very important to check with your local insurance carriers, Medicaid programs, and state rules and regulations regarding the use of teledentistry.
Technology is constantly changing. There is no one item that the ATSU-ASDOH teledentistry team can recommend. They encourage providers and clinics to explore the various technologies.
Knowing how to use teledentistry with patients is crucial to a successful teledentistry visit. Here are some items that might be helpful for working with patients.
Patients with questions about their upcoming teledentistry appointment should call the ATSU-ASDOH Advanced Care Clinic at 480.248.8107.
For providers and educators
For inquires about teledentistry, please email Dr. Scott Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a patient, please call the ASDOH Advanced Care Clinic. Dr. Howell will not respond to patient questions via email.