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Digital Radiography & DIAGNOdent® Dental Minute

Two dental technologies are significantly reducing your exposure to radiation at the dentist’s office: digital radiography and DIAGNOdent. Unlike traditional X-rays, digital radiography uses a computer instead of film to capture images and emits almost 90 percent less radiation. The DIAGNOdent laser can detect the smallest of cavities without using any radiation.

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Hi, I'm Fred Joyal and I want to tell you about two innovations in dentistry. The first is digital radiography, which uses a computer instead of film to create X-ray images. Digital radiography uses up to 90 percent less radiation than conventional X-rays and provides an image that both you and the dentist can see instantly.

You'll be able to see for yourself on a video screen, the exact results of your X-rays. The system also incorporates photographs of your smile, all taken and stored digitally. The other device is a DIAGNOdent, which is a remarkable new laser used to detect cavities.

Without any radiation, the DIAGNOdent can detect even the smallest cavities, many not visible on X-rays. In fact, it detects with 95 percent effectiveness. These two devices combined to dramatically reduce radiation will help you to preserve your natural teeth. There's never been a better time to see a dentist and if you don't have a dentist, call 1-800-DENTIST today and we'll help you find one.