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Dental emergency? Researchers develop an app for that

September 29, 2016 Count dental emergencies among the many issues that a smartphone application may one day help resolve, research published in the October issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association suggests.

For the cover story, "A Prototype Mobile Application for Triaging Dental Emergencies," researchers developed a mobile application with the goal of expediting emergency care.

The application successfully guided all volunteer users in the study through a series of questions designed to capture clinically meaningful data, including high-resolution images, by using familiar smartphone functions, according to the article. The application was built to facilitate sending the information to a dentist who would assess the information remotely.

"Our results demonstrate that patients can use mobile applications to transmit clinical data to their dentists and suggest the possibility of expanding the use of mobile applications to enhance access to routine and emergency dental care," said lead study author Corey Stein, a doctoral candidate in dental medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. "We also address how to enable patients to communicate emergency needs directly to a dentist while obviating patient emergency department visits."

Read the full article at JADA.ADA.org by searching for the article title. Every month, JADA articles are published online at JADA.ADA.org in advance of print publication. The entire October issue is online.