Lasers —The Dark Side

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I love what we are able to accomplish with lasers in dentistry. In our office we use three different types of lasers, and if used properly they are safe and effective. However, there is a dark side to lasers. There are powerful laser “pointers” and other laser “toys” that can be purchased on the internet, which are powerful enough to cause permanent damage to the eyes. A low powered laser pointer may look exactly the same as a high powered laser pointer. Children should not be given access to laser pointers. A laser pointer should never be directed into the face. Laser toys, such as for laser tag, should only be purchased from reputable sources.