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J Dent Res. 2004;83 Spec No C:C80-3.

DIAGNOdent: an optical method for caries detection.

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Department of Operative, Preventive and Paediatric Dentistry, Klinik für Zahnerhaltung, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse 7, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland.


The onset of caries is characterized by demineralization of dental hard tissues. Optimal fluoridation with respective oral hygiene habits and diet may stop the progression of a lesion and even allow for its remineralization. The aim of modern dentistry must be a preventive approach rather than invasive repair of the disease. This is possible only with early detection and respective preventive measures. Some of today's diagnostic tools are not sensitive enough to detect this early onset of destruction. Tools based on fluorescence could have the possibility to overcome this problem. This overview will focus on today's knowledge of one possible tool, the DIAGNOdent.

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