“Hitesh Tolani was going through dental school at the University of Pennsylvania when a lot of his undergrad friends would ask him if they could read their X-rays…
“Today Tolani, 33, finds himself at the helm of Virtudent, a Boston-based startup aiming to redefine how dental services are delivered.
“Virtudent argues that because not enough people are getting the oral healthcare they need, the only solution is to bring oral healthcare to the people.
“Virtudent, a telehealth startup revamping how people see the dentist, just announced it’s raised $2 million in seed funding.
“Expanding access does not mean sacrificing quality of treatment. Virtudent takes advantage of the latest and most sophisticated technologies in the field of dental medicine to ensure an unbeatable standard of care.”
“Virtudent leverages innovations in portable equipment & telehealth technologies to bring oral healthcare to the workplace for a fraction of the cost.
“[Virtudent] sends in a hygienist with a whole dental office in a suitcase. She sets up and provides the basic services on-site:
“More than 49 million Americans live in areas where they have little or no access to dental care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Enter a new concept: Virtudent.
On a Tuesday morning in a high-rise office in Boston’s Financial District, a conference room has become a pop-up exam room for the day, as employees file in for cleanings and X-rays. Write some code; take a bite-wing.
Behind the dental chair is a hygienist from Virtudent, a mobile dental practice that brings preventive dental care right to the workplace. By providing on-site services, booked online and covered by insurance, Virtudent seeks to eliminate one of the painful parts of a regular checkup for patients—the difficulty of squeezing a dental appointment into the workday. (And that’s good for employers, too. According to a Virtudent case study, the company treated 118 patients at Wayfair, the Boston e-commerce giant, and saved 354 work hours.)