88% of people believe mobile dental units are needed in their country

Аccording to DentaVox survey results, most people believe that mobile dental clinics can deliver preventative procedures and oral health education with the same or higher quality as stationary practices. Yet, for the majority of respondents, this is not the case when it comes to complex procedures such as dental surgery.

Interestingly, a significant share of survey participants believes that mobile dental can outperform in-office treatment in some aspects. For example, over half of respondents recognize patient satisfaction as one of these areas. In contrast, 40% of people remain skeptical regarding hygiene.

Key results on mobile vs. in-office dental care and other highlights from the survey are presented in the infographic below, including:

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88% of people find mobile dentistry a needed alternative

According to most participants in the global survey, there is a clear need for mobile dental care in their country. The reasons behind the perceived necessity for mobile dental units should be further investigated. It is quite likely that they might differ depending on the specific gaps in access to dental care on a national or regional level. For instance, while in some cases, the focus might be on covering remote underserved areas, in others, it might be on certain target groups such as elderly citizens in assisted living facilities, low-income communities or marginalized groups of society.

Over 60% of respondents think mobile dental clinics can provide same-quality educational and preventative services

With regard to oral health education, 68% of people think mobile dentistry can be an adequate substitute for stationary dental care. Furthermore, a substantial share of people recognizes its potential to deliver dental examinations and other preventive care procedures with the same or higher quality as in-office treatment. The results correspond to case study findings that found mobile dentistry particularly helpful in increasing oral health awareness and enabling access to preventative dental care.

Majority of people believe the quality of complex treatments can suffer in mobile dental care

67% of respondents don’t believe that mobile dental units can address dental surgery procedures as adequately as fixed-site clinics. Similarly, complex dental imaging such as CT scanning and more complicated procedures can not be performed with the same quality in mobile clinics, according to a significant share of survey participants. Quite likely, this skepticism might be due to worries over hygiene as it seems to be an issue of concern for many.

Mobile dentistry prevails on patient satisfaction and convenience

It is not surprising that mobile dental care is highly ranked on convenience given its flexibility and outreach to underserved regions. At the same time, it may come as a surprise that over half of respondents think it performs better in terms of patient satisfaction. The finding confirms reports of a previous study that indicated high satisfaction with the treatment provided by mobile dental squads.

Other aspects where mobile dentistry performs stronger include affordability and waiting time.

Hygiene – an aspect of concerns for many

43% of survey participants think mobile dental care cannot be a match for office-based treatment in terms of hygiene conditions. Yet, 35% of people believe both types of care are equal in this aspect. In like manner, the share of respondents who doubt the quality of mobile dental care reaches 44% while almost the same percentage claim both mobile and fixed-site dental units perform well in that regard.

Take-aways

Overall, despite some concerns over the quality of mobile dental care in certain areas and for more complex treatments, the general sentiment is supportive of this alternative. Moreover, it seems that portable dental units are perceived as necessary, and many believe they perform better in patient satisfaction and several other aspects.

Check the LIVE STATS and explore respondents’ perspectives on the best mobile dental care set-up, the groups for which it is most suitable, and the reasons for not having tried out this option.