Background: The oral health condition in rural areas remains compromised due to insufficient healthcare providers. Implementation of teledentistry through videoconferencing in these areas can improve this situation when trained personnel are able to carry out real-time consultations of the patients with a pediatric dentist.
Aim: To observe the feasibility of using teledentistry for an oral examination, consultation, and education, and also to assess the participant's satisfaction regarding the use of teledentistry for a routine dental checkup.
Materials and methods: An observational study was carried out with 150 children aged 6–10 years. About 30 primary health centers (PHC)/Anganwadi (AW) workers were trained to perform the oral examination with the intraoral camera (IOC). Four self-constructed and nonstructured questionnaires were prepared to understand the knowledge, awareness, and attitude of the participants toward pediatric dentistry and their acceptance of teledentistry.
Results: A total of 83.3% of children were not scared and felt that the use of IOC was better. About 84% of the PHC/AW workers found teledentistry very convenient, easy to learn, and adapt. And around 92% thought that teledentistry is time-consuming.
Conclusion: Teledentistry is a possible way to provide pediatric oral health consultation in rural areas. It can save time, stress, and money for people in need of dental treatment.
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