Shiva Kumar, Co-Founder & CTO and Dr. Arash Hakhamian, Co-Founder & CEO, Dentulu
Albert Einstein once said that “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” No one better exemplifies this notion in dentistry than Dr. Arash Hakhamian, an award-winning Dentist in Beverly Hills voted in 2018 as one of the Top 40 dentists under 40 and again in 2019 as one of the top 100 Dentists in the world. As the co-founder and CEO of Dentulu, the world’s first intuitive on-demand mobile dental app, Dr. Hakhamian and his team have made it their mission to usher in a new future for the dental delivery model shaping the landscape for the Uberization of Dentistry.
Bridging the gap between patients and dental professionals has been a longstanding challenge for not only the disabled, geriatric, and even emergency patients but now is a trend with busy professionals who last year alone lost over 164 million work hours going to and from the dentist.
With the help of the ADA and other governing bodies who have lobbied congress to pass more relaxed laws, the emergence of mobile dentistry has been able to significantly reduce those barriers of traditional dental care settings, allowing patients to obtain dental care from the comfort of their preferred location and time.
While most dental providers have taken a backseat to this emerging trend, others have attempted to solve the problems and logistics of providing mobile care by investing in bulky and expensive trucks and vans outfitted as mobile dental offices. Taking a completely different stance enters California-based company, Dentulu. Offering the world’s first intuitive on-demand mobile dental app, Dentulu maintains an in-house, licensed mobile dentistry team that stringently adheres to all the healthcare regulatory standards and affirms the same sanitary conditions and infection control policies of stationery dental clinics while offering its dental services through the use of compact dental equipment that can work in any 10x10 room or larger.
“We want to improve access to care and induce a new wave of patients taking control of their oral healthcare through the use of mobile technology,” states Dr. Hakhamian, who has provided mobile dentistry to the rich and famous throughout his career.
We want to improve access to care and induce a new wave of patients taking control of their oral healthcare
Driven by this pursuit, the company offers a multitude of mobile dental services, including dental cleanings, whitenings, complete mouth X-rays and oral exams, cancer screening, clear aligners and even emergency dental services. In fact, Dentulu’s mobile dental clinic on-the-go is so simplified that users can download the Dentulu mobile app and reserve a dental professional to any location of their choosing with similar features to the Uber app which allows payments, reviews, location tracking, and even scheduling to be performed all from the convenience of their handheld device.
For the first time in history, patients can now download the Dentulu mobile app and reserve a dental professional to their home or even send one to their college bound child’s dorm room while tracking everything from their phone. Businesses are jumping on the bandwagon and adding mobile dentistry to their corporate wellness programs. The demand is so great that Dentulu is actively seeking additional funding to bring this service to the rest of the Nation and eventually to the whole world.
Dentulu’s vision to provide dentistry on demand stretches far beyond just mobile dental care as one of the leading providers for virtual dentistry. “Video conferencing through our app allows for video consults, follow ups, emergency care and much more without the physical presence of a dentist which complement our mobile services allowing a dentist to remotely monitor our hygienists providing preventative care to our patients,” says Dr. Hakhamian. These benefits spurred the company to implement Teledentistry as a core service on its mobile app. Dentulu’s HIPAA-compliant teledentistry portal enables patients to communicate and share files (images and videos) of their dental issues with virtual tele-dentists.
Possibly the most exciting and revolutionary addition to Dentulu’s mission to change dentistry is the launch of its range of intraoral cameras directed to consumers and referral sources to dentists. For the first time in history, dentists are actually able to see inside a patient’s mouth thousands of miles away through the use of high definition cameras priced less than $50 which connect through the mobile app. These cameras resembling a toothbrush will enable a tele-dentist to have a clear view of the patient’s mouth and examine their dental issues effectively and accurately and can set the tone to incorporate artificial intelligence in diagnosing pathologies remotely. Dentulu is releasing the cameras at the end of this month, which can be purchased from Amazon or on their website at www.dentulu.com. “We are continuously working to achieve our moonshot aim of establishing Dentulu as the go-to dental app in everyone’s smartphone and look forward to changing the world and how it views dentistry,” concludes Dr. Hakhamian.