Smilepod is a walk-in hygienists, providing high-quality professional dental care without the hassle of having to make an appointment. Based in London’s Covent Garden, they offer competitively-priced treatments such as teeth whitening and 15-minute consultations.
Why it matters
Whilst walk-in clinics are commonplace, the concept applied to dental hygienists is a new one, reflecting of our fast-paced culture. Will this drop-in culture extend to other services in health and beauty as our demand for instant gratification amplifies?
To highlight the necessity of an efficient healthcare system and the risks of self medication, the NGO Doctors of the World released a series of videos describing how to treat injuries and diseases with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humour. For example, one video features how one should heal a broken shinbone with a sander and a staple gun. Another video explains how you can remove a decayed tooth with an electric drill and a hairdryer.
Following on the heels of WebMd and other medical diagnosis websites, patients are now turning to the internet to look for answers about which type of surgery or cosmetic procedure is right for them; and are now finding it easier to go online for advice from real physicians. The patients describe their issue, fill out a brief medical history, and upload pictures of the area they want treated. Within 24 hours, they receive a response from a local surgeon offering their suggestion and what it will cost. Then, at the patient’s leisure, they respond and set up a face-to-face appointment. Each online consultation costs $50; when an appointment has been agreed, the site allows both parties to swap contact information.