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Now Playing: Videos Starring Your Teeth

March 02, 1998

The latest technology in dentistry is giving patients an inside look at their teeth, and a better image and understanding of the state of their dental health.

The intraoral video camera, now used by some dentists, allows patients to see their teeth up close and in color using a pencil-sized wand with a tiny lens that is pointed to any area in the mouth. The dentist zooms in for camera close-ups and takes freeze-frame snapshots that can be discussed with the patient. This procedure can even be videotaped and later shown to the patient.

An added benefit of the intraoral camera is the way it inspires children to become more interested in their dental care since they get to see an insider's view of their mouths. Plus, they can take really cool photographs of their teeth home to hang on their bedroom walls.

Source: Academy of General Dentistry

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