Oral health company quip is collaborating with Walmart to offer virtual checkups to improve access to preventative care.
Quip announced a collaboration to offer its comprehensive virtual dental care services to Walmart customers.
The company aims to increase focus on preventative oral care and provide better access to professional care when in need.
“We recognize the impact of telehealth over the past few years and see the need for teledentistry solutions that can improve access to care for Americans who may have trouble regularly accessing a dentist, whether due to geographical limitations or medical restrictions,” said Simon Enever, co-founder and chief executive officer of quip. “By collaborating with Walmart, we hope to simplify and improve oral care nationwide through our unique dental products and services platform.”
To utilize quip’s virtual care services, users respond to a few multiple-choice questions regarding their general and oral health and then choose between a photo or live video consult.
Photo consults involve taking 1-6 pictures of the mouth assessed by a local dentist, who sends back a detailed digital report highlighting areas of concern, such as potential cavities or gum issues, within 24 hours. This report includes treatment suggestions and options to find in-person care in your area.
Virtual care checkups are covered by most dental insurance providers or cost $35 out of pocket. The services are not meant as a replacement for in-person dental treatment but as a convenient and affordable way to have a preventative checkup, receive guidance between dentist visits, or help assess and better triage problems.
“Walmart is committed to increasing the accessibility of health and wellness products and services for customers,” said Staci Cochran, vice president of health and wellness merchandising for Walmart. “The new teledentistry offering from quip allows us to build upon this commitment by providing customers with an easy, affordable way to access virtual dental services.”
Users that access quip’s virtual care in the quip app can also earn rewards for tracking oral care habits- such as brushing their teeth, flossing, and regularly rinsing with whatever quip products they use. Users of quip products, such as the quip smart brush, can automatically track their habits and get tailored coaching.
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