Killing Cavities With Silver Diamine Fluoride
What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a compound that helps fight tooth decay in children who are especially vulnerable to it. The silver helps fight harmful microbes in your child’s mouth while strengthening the dentin layer of their teeth, and the fluoride fights and prevents tooth decay.
SDF is applied quickly and painlessly during a regular dental visit. After the teeth are cleaned and dried, Dr. Young applies it to the affected teeth. It takes a couple of minutes to cure, but we recommend a wait of at least an hour before eating or drinking afterward so the curing process can completely finish.
What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride?
SDF is particularly effective for treating children who have severe early childhood caries, children with special needs, or children who have difficulty cooperating for dental treatment. Some of the benefits of this technique include:
- Quick treatment
- Cavity and decay prevention
- Relief for tooth sensitivity
Dr. Young Recommends Silver Diamine Fluoride
One of our top priorities at Barbara Young, DDS is ensuring that every patient has the right tools they need to keep their teeth healthy, no matter what their situation is. If you would like to learn more about SDF treatment for your child, call (858) 273-7777 or email us.