Research Article
Volume 19 Issue 10 - 2020
Smartphone Applications in Dentistry: A Database and Characterization of Apps
Julie M Coe1*, Carol Farn2 and Caroline Carrico3
1Assistant Professor, Department of General Practice, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU SoD), Richmond, Virginia, USA
2Private Practice, Austin, Texas, USA
3Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU SoD), Richmond, Virginia, USA
*Corresponding Author: Julie M Coe, Assistant Professor, Department of General Practice, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU SoD), Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Received: September 04, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020




Abstract

Background: Smartphone applications (apps) in oral healthcare have become very common but little is known. The purpose of this study was to characterize the features of oral healthcare related smartphone apps.

Methods: The term "dental" was searched in the Apple App Store and Android Google Play Store between March 1 and May 1, 2018. Data elements such as the app's name, developer, cost, year released, app store category, target user, and purpose were recorded to an Excel database. Statistical analysis was carried out with descriptive statistics and linear regression.

Results: A total of 250 apps met inclusion criteria with significantly more Apple apps (n = 159, 64%) than Android apps (n = 91, 36%). More Android apps (40%) were for doctors’ clinical use than Apple apps (17%). More Apple apps (28%) were for the general public than Android apps (19%). A significant upward linear trend was found between launch year and the number of new apps.

Conclusion: Apps for the general public provide oral health information about common conditions and procedures and supplement direct dental care. Apps for clinicians provide clinical and management tools such as chairside clinical information, scientific references, office management, communication with patients and communication with other dentists.

Practical Implication: Dentists need to understand smartphone apps potentially influence our patients, the general public, and dentists. It is imperative that they provide a leadership role in standardizing the apps, validating contents, and ensuring safe use.

Keywords: App; Application; Smartphone; Mobile App; Dental Apps; Phone Apps

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Citation: Julie M Coe., et al. “Smartphone Applications in Dentistry: A Database and Characterization of Apps”. EC Dental Science 19.10 (2020): 218-225.

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