UK-based virtual dentistry app Toothfairy raises £3M seed funding
UK-based Toothfairy, the world’s smartest dental app solves the dental crisis that was worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic wherein nearly 19 million dental appointments were missed. Now, the one-of-its-kind app has become the winner of ‘App of the Year’. Also, it is the first dental app to get healthcare regulation and is a certified medical device.
Recently, Toothfairy raised £3 million in a seed funding round led by impact VC ADA Ventures and Slingshot along with participation from Seedcamp, All Iron, Haatch Ventures, angels from the Atomico Angel Programme, and Angel Investor of the Year Deepali and ex-(Transfer)Wise Marketing Head Joe Cross. Also, the round includes existing investors including co-founders of Funding Circle James Meekings and Andrew Mullinger, and an angel syndicate from the USA.
Dr. Deepak Aulak commented: “From first hand experience as dentists, we’ve seen patients have to overcome many hurdles in servicing their oral health needs. We are developing proprietary AI and Image Recognition technology to empower patients. With so many dental diseases preventable we are pioneering a new way for patients to uptake dental treatments and see a dentist on demand through amazing technology.”
Amidst the pandemic, over 54 percent of the population could not access dental care out of hours. Toothfairy’s app helps them by diagnosing, treating and tracking patients remotely using its unique technology. Patients can uptake a range of services via the app from emergencies and prescriptions to straightening and teeth whitening.
Toothfairy’s patent-pending technology connects patients to dentists on demand via a secure platform that can detect and track dental issues. Having been evaluated in the NHS, over 91 percent of users reported they would use the app as an alternative to visiting a clinic and 89 percent of patients reported it would reduce their need for them to visit A&E/GPs for dental advice.
The Toothfairy app is challenging the sector of dentistry that is ripe for disruption, with many hurdles and friction points for patients, from access, to anxiety and affordability.
Its co-founders, Dr. Deepak Aulak and Dr. Kian Dhinsa graduated from King’s College London. They have left behind treating millionaires and celebrities in their own clinics to help solve the widening gap of poor dental access affecting millions across the UK.