By enabling dental professionals to engage with their patients virtually through Philips Sonicare, dental practices can provide continuity of service with oral care advice and hygiene checks to assess common oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, inflammation and more.
During its September 2 virtual consumer health press event, which coincided with the IFA 2020, Royal Philips presented its new approaches to health and healthcare, and the shift to health-at-home.
Against the backdrop of COVID-19, the need for consumers to stay as healthy as possible is more relevant than ever, the company stated in a release. Therefore, Philips will expand its consumer health portfolio with a range of innovations to help people maintain health-enhancing lifestyle routines, and digital opportunities that allow them to stay in touch with their healthcare professionals virtually now that physical doctors’ visits are limited.
“Confronted by the vulnerability of their health, people are increasingly focused on what’s most important to them – keeping themselves and their loved ones healthy and safe,” says Frans van Houten, chief executive officer of Royal Philips. “We are in the middle of a paradigm shift, both in terms of people’s mind-set and in terms of the way healthcare systems are digitalizing and adding telehealth services to their portfolios. With people being at home most of the time and prioritizing their health, health-at-home is key. Philips uses the latest technologies to bring intelligent, personalized solutions that allow people to manage their health in any situation.”
Meeting the needs of fast growing trends in health and healthcare, Philips is focusing on connected consumer health propositions that help people take care of their health at home, including tracking their own health, being in control of their data, and being able to share their data with caregivers remotely. The company points out that with people increasingly worried about their health and the health of their loved ones, and some feeling afraid or anxious about visiting a doctor, dental professional or hospital due to COVID-19, telehealth has gained more traction than ever before. More and more people are now actively looking for virtual ways of doing things.
BRIDGING ACCESS TO GOOD ORAL HEALTH
In today’s oral care industry, teledentistry is playing an increasingly important role. Due to COVID-19, many people have been unable to visit their practitioner and dental hygienist for quite a while, yet they know that regular checkups are important to maintaining a healthy mouth and detecting potential problems at an early stage. Philips Sonicare teledentistry is now available to dental professionals across the United States. By enabling dental professionals to engage with their patients virtually, dental practices can provide continuity of service with oral care advice and hygiene checks to assess common oral health issues such as gum disease, cavities, inflammation and more.
A healthy mouth not only means brushing properly as part of a daily routine, but also cleaning between the teeth (about 40% of the teeth’s surface area) and cleaning the tongue. With innovative connected power toothbrushes utilizing smart and sonic technology, the soon to be launched Philips Sonicare Power Flosser, and advanced tongue care solutions, people are empowered to take the best care of their mouth, says the company.
To learn more, watch a replay of the fireside chat with Rianne Meijerman, head of consumer marketing, and Jeroen Tas, chief innovation and strategy officer during the Philips virtual consumer health event.