MouthWatch Names Four Winners of its Teledentistry Innovation Awards
MouthWatch, a leader in dentist-managed teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recognized four teledentistry pioneers during its second annual Teledentistry Innovation Awards.
MouthWatch, a leader in dentist-managed teledentistry solutions, digital case presentation tools and intraoral imaging devices, recognized 4 teledentistry pioneers during its second annual Teledentistry Innovation Awards. The awards were presented during an exclusive invitation-only event hosted during the recent Greater New York Dental Meeting.
Hygiene Innovator: Angie Stone, RDH / Hylife Oral Health Alliance, Edgerton, Wisconsin
Stone and her team of oral care specialists provide onsite hygiene services to elderly patients who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and private homes. They use teledentistry to document each patient visit with intraoral photos and videos and to communicate with family members and participating dentists to ensure that their clients receive restorative care when needed.
Oral Health Program Innovator: Miquel McRae, RDH, CDHC / ToothBUDDS, Pima, Arizona
Miquel founded ToothBUDDS, a non-profit that employs a team of dental hygienists to provide oral care to underserved children in her area – many of which have some form or oral disease. Miquel and her team provide education, screenings, cleanings and fluoride treatments in local school settings. Thanks to teledentistry, they can connect children with urgent dental needs to a local dentist, so they don’t fall through the cracks.
Teledentistry Pioneer Award: Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA / University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
Glassman is the first recipient in the newly created “Teledentistry Pioneer” category. He is the founder of the Virtual Dental Home Program, whereby he and his team at the University of the Pacific developed a more efficient way to connect patients to dental care through the combination of technology and innovation. This care-delivery model, combined with his efforts in education, in supporting legislative changes that support teledentistry and improve access to care have helped create a landscape where more and more programs and providers are interested in teledentistry and the opportunities it creates.
Dental Innovator: Paul Labbe, DDS / Planet Dental, Laredo, Texas
Labbe is a pediatric dentist with 5 office locations. He uses teledentistry to provide care to underserved children in his community. Teledentistry enables him and his team to conduct dental screenings at local schools and then in turn, provide the parents and guardians with diagnosis and treatment plans with the option to bring their children to one of his offices for restorative treatment.