Concord – NHTI’s Business Training Center will feature the new online dental seminar “Teledentistry – The Changing Dental World” on Feb. 10 from 6-8 p.m. Telehealth has proven to be extremely helpful during our current pandemic. In dentistry, this is referred to as teledentistry (TD). Dr. John Echternach and Katie Latulip will outline how TD, given the opportunity, could be used and what is needed for our public health dental hygienists to implement it.
The seminar will define TD, its different levels, and the necessary technology and provide an overview of traditional dental care delivery systems, including updated statistical data illustrating the severity of dental disease within various demographics. Participants will learn how TD connects primary dental care providers, patients, supervising dentists, dental specialists, and other primary-level healthcare providers. The seminar will explore TD software platforms and provide an overview of different clinical care models and how clinical procedure codes are used for integrating TD software into other dental software. This is for recordkeeping and optimizing utilization for faster, more precise third-party reimbursement. You’ll learn how TD fits into the changing dental care delivery structures of the future.
Beyond the recent pandemic factors, there have been significant economic, technological, and demographic changes that have occurred in dentistry. This program aims to address the seismic shift in dentistry, the questions about the current dental care delivery system, and how dentists can adapt by considering ways their dental staff could implement authorized clinical procedures. This would allow them to focus on the primary role of creating treatment planning and supervising the clinical care provided by their staff.
John S. Echternach, D.D.S., is a retired general dentist who maintained a private practice in Henniker, N.H., for 40 years. He has been an active member of the American Dental Association, the N.H. Dental Society, and the Concord Dental Society. His role in organized dentistry includes more than 16 years in a leadership capacity in both the NHDS and CDS. In his retirement, John has assumed the role as a teacher of healthcare professionals with his focus on a specific treatment: the science and applications of silver diamine fluoride. After learning about the uses of SDF, he successfully used this method on both children and adults for the last 3 years in his Henniker practice.
Katie Latulip, CDH, is a graduate of Vermont Technical College, where she obtained her Dental Hygiene degree in 2007. After graduation she worked in private practice for seven years. She became passionate about public health when she joined Ammonoosuc Community Health Services Inc., a federally qualified community health center in 2014. Recognizing an increased need, she obtained her Certified Public Health Dental Hygiene certificate in 2016.
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