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Dentists and dental assistants are required to complete continuing education. Blue Light’s first technology introduced in 2010 was a patient simulator used for teaching hands-on light curing skills. This technology incorporates a mannequin head, expensive electronics and required an in-person course which is less desirable in the current covid-19 landscape. Exploring other mediums to deliver required educational training will be important over the next foreseeable future. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two such immerging mediums and could be delivered directly to the user mitigating the need to travel. Since the hands-on aspect is important for developing dental skills, AR represents a step into the future of dentistry. This platform may be utilizing for didactic training and professional training at different levels of expertise transforming the practice of dentistry as we know it.
Eagan James Boire
Professional, scientific and technical services
University of Prince Edward Island
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