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Role of Laser in Preventive Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry or Child dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on all aspects of the development and growth of a child’s teeth. A major specialty in pediatric dentistry is the emphasis on prevention. Preventive dentistry is a method of paving a healthy track for the proper growth and development of one’s teeth. Preventive Dentistry is important because it helps in identifying and rectifying a problem in its beginning stages and foreseeing the upcoming problems and acting accordingly.

But working with children is not the same as working with adults. Even today, there are many people including adults who are anxious about visiting a dentist. This is due to the fact that a visit to the dentist is always associated with pain. But this scene has changed with more dentists adopting dental lasers in their practices. The use of lasers not only help in providing effective preventive dental treatments but it also helps in reducing the child’s anxiety and incorporating child-friendly approaches to dental care. Here are some of the preventive dental treatments that employ lasers.

Detection of dental caries using lasers

Conventional methods of detecting dental caries include manual probing and radiographic evaluations. Although these methods are effective in detecting advanced stages of decay, they are ineffective in detecting early dental caries. With the advent of laser detection techniques, dentists can detect early dental caries and provide you with a non-invasive or minimally invasive approach to clinical management of dental caries.

Laser-activated fluoride therapy

This therapy involves irradiation of the dental enamel with dental lasers at particular wavelengths after applying the fluoride. This works against the acids and other agents that produce dental caries. The fluoride that gets attached in this process helps in fighting dental caries.

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