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Pacific Legal Foundation Files Suit in Texas: Defending the right to practice teledentistry from state-sponsored protectionism

Celeste Mohr, D.D.S., et al. v. Texas State Board of Dental Examiners et al. Dr. Celeste Mohr began practicing teledentistry as a way to pursue a livelihood while also staying at home to care for her two autistic children. She offers her remote dental consultations via TheTeleDentists, a startup teledentistry platform that offers direct-to-consumer services. As with other types of telemedicine, teledentistry uses video, phone and other technology to provide remote dental care service, resulting in lower costs, improved access to care and fewer emergency room visits. Last year, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners prohibited the use of teledentistry technology, crippling Dr. Mohr’s practice. The board is largely composed of practicing dentists, and its ban on teledentistry serves no public health or safety purpose; instead, it protects traditional dental practices from emerging, competitive technologies. Because the Texas and United States constitutions protect the right to earn an honest living free of irrational government interference, TheTeleDentists and Dr. Mohr are fighting back.

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