The full version of this story, published by Healthy Schools Campaign, is available at https://healthyschoolscampaign.org/policy/teledentistry-reducing-absenteeism-by-supporting-student-health/. Below is just an introduction.
A terrible toothache is virtually impossible to ignore. For millions of children across the nation, the consequences of untreated tooth decay extend far beyond momentary pain to include potentially devastating effects on their long-term learning and opportunity.
Now, a new approach called teledentistry offers the promise of addressing this issue and relieving the lifelong burden it places on young children.