Mobile apps for oral healthcare: recommendations for navigating uncharted terrain

Clement Seeballuck (Lead / Corresponding author), Alex Blair, Joseph Donnelly, Ashley Towers

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The past two years have prompted significant changes with regards to how healthcare is both taught and delivered. There has been a shift towards remote healthcare interventions where appropriate. As we return towards pre-pandemic practice, we must recognise that the healthcare environment has permanently changed. It is vital that safeguards and 'pandemic proofing' are built into healthcare provision. The prevalence of personal digital devices continues to increase, along with internet coverage. This technological revolution has also brought with it a plethora of free or cheap online platforms that allow individuals with limited IT skills to make mobile applications (apps). These factors create a perfect environment for considering mobile apps as viable, widespread healthcare interventions. There is also great potential for these to contribute to tackling inequality, reducing barriers and enhancing healthcare access. However, their use must be carefully considered. This article discusses the myriad of considerations pertaining to both developing and recommending mobile apps for healthcare. Examples of contemporaneous examples will be used, in conjunction with an app developed by the authors to demonstrate the process of creating bespoke resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-466
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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