Bridging the Knowledge Gap- Navigating Teledentistry Policy

Tech Talk: An Introduction to Teledentistry

Cracking Texas Teledentistry Legislation

Amber Lovatos, RDH, BSDH


Amber is the Clinical Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA Health Care Ministries, a non- profit medical and dental clinic. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, Key Opinion Leader for Crest Oral- B and Elevate Oral Care, Government Affairs consultant for Mouthwatch, and speaker. Amber speaks on teledentistry, abuse, public health, special needs, and human trafficking. She has presented numerous times, both nationally and regionally, including at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is also the co- founder of Dental Hygiene Spark, a social media platform dedicated to empowering dental hygienists. Amber is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Dental Education Association’ s Crest Oral- B Scholarship for Dental Hygienists’ Pursuing Academic Careers, ADEA Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship, and ADHA Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship. Amber values leadership and organized dentistry. She is a member of American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Education Association, Texas Oral Health Coalition, Houston Equality Dental Network, and Hispanic Dental Association. Amber has served on all levels of the ADHA’ s tripartite. She is currently the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association’ s Membership Director and the Immediate Past President for the Greater Houston Dental Hygienists’ Association, the largest component in the ADHA. In her free time, Amber enjoys crafting, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and two teenage boys.

Course Description

Telecommunication can be a useful to provide care in dentistry. It is also a complex and widely misunderstood topic. This continuing education presentation will review the legal considerations for participating in teledentistry; state practice acts, billing, insurance reimbursement, legislation, codes, HIPAA, technology, licensure, barriers, and other consideration. This C. E. will aid those interested incorporating telecommunication in their dental practice. We will also explore examples of specific state dental practice acts to identify possible barriers to telecommunication in dentistry.

Educational Objectives:

  • The learner will be able to dissect their specific state dental practice act for possible limiting verbiage to telecommunication in dentistry.

  • The learner will be able to identify barriers to teledentistry and how-to address them.

  • The learner will be able to develop teledentistry programs while remaining compliant with their state’s practice act.

Credit hours: 0.75 CEU

Teaching Method: Self-Instruction

Cost: Free

Amber Lovatos Financial Disclosure

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Presenter Contact Information: Amber Lovatos – amlovatos

Date of Original Presentation: February 12, 2021

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2021

Date Released: March 1, 2021

Date of expiration: February 12, 2022

AGD Subject Code: 130


Link to Presentation

For more information and references on teledentistry please visit the Emerging Technology and Applications page.

Texas Oral Health Coalition
Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.
Approval does not imply acceptance by any regulatory authority or AGD endorsement.
7/1/2021 to 6/30/2024.
Provider ID# 346144

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