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International Journal of Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 726259, 1 page

Interactions between Oral Tissues and External Light and Matters

1Department of Dental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium
2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, National University Hospital, Singapore
3Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontology, Dental School, Gent University, Belgium
4Laboratory of Lasers in Dentistry (LELO), Department of Restorative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Received 16 December 2012; Accepted 16 December 2012

Copyright © 2012 S. Nammour et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

We are currently in an era where the international scientific publication is highly valued, acting as a strong parameter for evaluation mechanism in ranking universities in the competitive scientific world. In this context, writing the editorial of this special issue gives us a great responsibility.

After a cautious revision of the several articles submitted for publication in this special issue by the Editorial Board of this journal, the accepted papers translate the commitment of the authors to the scientific research.

This special issue is a sample of the current research efforts addressing issues related to the interaction between the light and the oral tissues, highlighting subjects such as the treatment of pathologies associated with high intensity laser for better healing and welding, the use of high intensity laser treatment for cosmetic dentistry, evaluation of adhesive systems and dentin hypersensitivity, the detection and treatment decision of caries lesions with laser fluorescence, the treatment of root perforation using high intensity laser, and also the low level laser therapy for improving wound healing.

We hope that the readers can enjoy this special issue and improve their knowledge about the light interaction with the hard and soft oral tissues.

S. Nammour
H. S. Loh
R. De Moor
C. P. Eduardo