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quip is aiming to increase the focus on preventative oral care and provide better access to professional care.
Oral health company quip has announced its collaboration to offer its comprehensive dental care services to Walmart customers. quip is aiming to increase the focus on preventative oral care and provide better access to professional care when in need, according to a press release from the company.
"At quip, we are excited to be expanding our offerings to millions more Americans in need of professional dental care," said Simon Enever co-founder and CEO of quip. "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. 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, all customers need is a phone. Users simply respond to a few multiple-choice questions regarding their general and oral health and then choose between a photo consult—great for a preventative check-up to assess specific issues—or a live video consult—ideal to triage emergencies and prescribe solutions to pain.
Photo consults consist of taking 1-6 photos of your mouth that are assessed by a dentist in your area, who sends back a detailed digital report that highlights 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.
Vital care check-ups are covered by most dental insurance providers or cost $35+ out of pocket, according to quip. These services are not meant to replace in-person dental treatment but rather are designed to offer a convenient and affordable way to have a preventative check-up, receive guidance between visits to the dentist, or 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 & Wellness Merchandising at 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 rinsing regularly with whatever quip products they use. Users of quip products can automatically track their habits and get tailored coaching.