Quip Acquires Dental Telehealth Startup Toothpic
The Covid-19 pandemic brought on a plethora of transitions from in-person to virtual gatherings. Work, school, family reunions and even doctor appointments have adapted to online visits to better handle the spread of Covid. While the adoption came about as means of survival, a lot of shifts to virtual meetings are here to stay, particularly in telehealth.
Toothpic, a dental telehealth startup, was acquired on Wednesday by New York-based quip, an oral healthcare company, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition expands quip’s current customer base of 8.5 million people to over 40 million users.
“By embedding Toothpic’s teledentistry platform and nationwide network of online dental professionals into our app, we will centralize access to a full suite of connected oral care products and dental services that will drastically alter the way people experience and manage their oral health,” Simon Enever, co-founder and CEO of quip, said in a statement. “We are excited to welcome the extremely talented Toothpic team to the quip community to help us continue building this much needed platform for patients and providers.”
Prior to the acquisition, quip solely produced tech-backed oral healthcare products such as smart toothbrushes that vibrate as consumers brush in order to remind them to thoroughly clean every area of their mouth, ultimately encouraging healthier oral habits. Additional products include floss and a mobile app that helps users track their oral health.
The integration of Toothpic’s technology will expand quip’s offerings and allow users to receive virtual dental screenings, which the company said is a critical need in urban and rural areas where dentists are hard to come by.
In addition to the acquisition, quip is also hiring for nearly 20 roles. The roles vary from engineering, data, operations, marketing, production and more.