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Virtual Dental Home to Provide Care to Underserved Communities in California
Date:3/3/2010

Now low-income children and adults at several California sites will be able to receive free dental care, thanks to a new telehealth project, the "Virtual Dental Home," created by the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, with support from the California Dental Association Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), the Paradise Valley Community Health Fund of The San Diego Foundation and the Verizon Foundation.  

"The 'Virtual Dental Home' Project is innovative and effective and will allow many children to improve their oral health care who would otherwise go without care," said Karma Bass, President & CEO, Alliance Healthcare Foundation and member of the Paradise Valley Community Health Fund Advisory Committee.

The four-year pilot project will expand and improve access to dental services by giving participating dentists the technological capability to review a patient's dental records remotely with help from dental hygienists and dental assistants in underserved communities and then be able to recommend a plan for providing for the patient's dental needs.  Dental hygienists and dental assistants will then perform preventive and temporizing restorative treatment for the patient in the community setting.  Patients needing further treatment by a dentist will be provided assistance in getting to a dentist's office or clinic for completion of needed treatme
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