The Impact of Pandemic Concerns on Consumers’ Teledentistry Use During the First Months of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors: Ellen O'Malley, PhD | Simona Surdu, MD, PhD | Margaret Langelier, MSHSA

Topics: COVID-19, Oral Health, Telehealth

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

June 13, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted consumer access to oral health care. The temporary closure of dental offices and fear related to the pandemic affected dental visits and led to experimentation in using teledentistry to serve oral health care needs.

This article examines consumers’ use of teledentistry from June 2019 through June 2020, assessing respondents' teledentistry use in association with their levels of anxiety about the pandemic, their demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, and geography.

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