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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

Janet Morrissey, October 11, 2019. New York Times

Summarized by: Sameer Panesar

New technology is creating some excitement in the formerly “ho-hum” world of dental care, according to a recent New York Times article. Advancements in dental care, such as digital scanning, 3D printers, and digital tools that detect oral cancer, are being increasingly adopted in the profession as the dental sector undergoes a technological metamorphosis. Newly opened dental schools, such as Tuoro College of Dental Medicine, which opened in New York in 2016, are fully committed to digital dentistry in educating future generations of dentists. Dental students across the country are increasingly being exposed to the latest, state-of-the-art techniques in dental care that will enable students to address “the practice world of 2030 – not the practice world of 1985,” noted Edward Farkas, Tuoro’s vice dean and chairman of dentistry. The increasing digitization of dentistry has benefits for patients and providers alike. For example, intraoral scanners provide greater accuracy – and a more comfortable patient experience – than the “bulky, goop-filled tray[s]” for constructing crowns and other dental appliances. Some intraoral scanners can even be used to detect oral cancer. The dental profession has not traditionally attracted a high level of attention, but the rise of social media, as well as a greater awareness of the increased link between oral and overall health, have played a part in the profession’s increasing adoption of cutting edge technology.

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