Oral health company quip acquired Toothpic, to provide teledental services to patients and dental professionals.

Oral health company quip announced that it has acquired Toothpic, a telehealth company offering teledental services and care to more than 36 million Americans through partnerships with premier dental insurers.

The acquisition is part of quip’s strategy to improve people’s oral health by providing a digital oral care companion that manages a full suite of personal and professional oral care products and services while guiding and incentivizing good oral health habits.

The combined platform will connect millions of patients with dentists nationwide. The integration of Toothpic’s ecosystem includes its partnerships with benefit providers such as Delta Dental of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and quip’s recently announced partnership with UnitedHealthcare Dental.

Access to quality dental care continues to be a challenge that persists within the United States. Teledentistry services can help increase access to quality care in rural and urban communities, remove barriers to oral health care disparities, and support better oral health outcomes by taking a preventative approach to professional care through more regular at-home virtual checkups.

“By embedding Toothpic’s teledentistry platform and nationwide network of online dental professionals into our app, we will centralize access to a full suite of connected oral care products and dental services that will drastically alter the way people experience and manage their oral health,” said Simon Enever, co-founder and chief executive officer of quip. “We are excited to welcome the extremely talented Toothpic team to the quip community to help us continue building this much-needed platform for patients and providers.”

By adding virtual, on-demand access to dental professionals, quip built a digital platform where users can track daily oral care habits, monitor oral health, schedule virtual visits, and book in-person, local dental appointments when required.

Once fully integrated, current quip and Toothpic users and partners will have access to a free oral care companion app that guides and rewards good oral health habits and helps manage the following comprehensive suite of oral care products and services:

  • Personal & Professional Care Products include adult and kids electric toothbrushes, refillable floss pick and string, refillable mouthwash, gum, and their recently launched professional, clear aligner service. quip also offers smart brushes that allow users to track how they are brushing in the app.
  • Digital Oral Health Monitoring to support preventative care between in-person dental visits. Through asynchronous virtual dental professional screenings that analyze photos of users’ mouths, users will be able to track their mouth health through in-depth reports that can be delivered in as little as 6 hours and product, prescription, and treatment recommendations.
  • Direct Connection to Local Dental Professionals & Immediate Care through a digital directory and instant booking. Users will be able to find and book in-person dental services from providers in their area or schedule live video consultations with a dentist for an immediate diagnosis and advice.

“We have made incredible strides in making oral health care accessible to individuals and businesses around the country through our web and mobile applications,” said Shane Owens, chief technical officer and co-founder of Toothpic. “We share a vision for shifting dentistry from a fee-for-service model to a preventative-focused, value-based care one.”

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