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How can the diode laser help my dental health?

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Dentists usually poke around in your mouth to find cavities. When the probe "sticks" in a tooth, they look closer for decay.

Some dentists are switching to the diode laser to find and remove cavities. Decayed teeth glow when they’re exposed to the laser.

The diode laser can find cavities in teeth without fillings. It doesn’t replace X-rays: It finds decay in grooves on the chewing surface, while bitewing X-rays can find decay between and inside teeth.

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Bader, J. , Oct. 1, 2004. Journal of the American Dental Association

Bader, J. , Nov. 1, 2006. Journal of the American Dental Association

Richard Price, DMD, dentist, Newton, Mass.; spokesperson, American Dental Association.

Hugh Flax, DDS, dentist, Atlanta; vice vice-president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Michael R. Sesemann, DDS, dentist, Omaha, Neb; president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS, dentist, Germantown, Tenn.; past president, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

American Dental Association.

WebMD: "Dental X-Rays."

American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on January 17, 2017

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