Pulpdent Corporation is working in collaboration with Virtudent, the first commercial teledentistry practice in the United States, to increase access to dental care for low-income children in New Hampshire. Pulpdent has donated 800 applications of Embrace Varnish for Virtudent’s program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of NH.
According to the CDC, over 15% of children and adolescents aged 2-17 did not see a dentist in 2015. As a result, thousands of children are rushed to the emergency room every year for preventable dental problems.
Virtudent’s research suggests that low-income youth lack access to dental care due to the uneven distribution of dentists in the United States and the relatively small number of dentists who accept Medicaid. The teledentistry practice, which specializes on-site dental visits for participating companies, is bringing its innovative care model to the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Hampshire. Virtudent currently offers on-site dental care and teledentistry services to 4,200 children at 8 Boys and Girls Clubs locations throughout the Granite State.
The majority (88%) of Virtudent’s on-site dental appointments at the Boys and Girls Clubs of New Hampshire include a Fluoride Varnish treatment. Pulpdent has donated 800 applications of Embrace Fluoride Varnish to Virtudent’s program for the Boys and Girls Clubs of NH. While many commercially available fluoride varnishes only contain fluoride, Embrace Varnish releases fluoride, calcium and phosphate (the basic building blocks of teeth). These essential minerals help strengthen teeth.