Dental Kidz Club
Pediatric Dentistry located in Brea, Corona, Covina, Ontario, Riverside, Chino, & Perris, CA
Drilling and filling isn’t the only solution on the market today for treating cavities. At Dental Kidz Club in Perris, Brea, Corona, Covina, Ontario, Chino, and Riverside, California, Jihee Chun, DDS, and the pediatric dentistry team offer treatments of silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, as a way to fight back against tooth decay. To learn more about how silver diamine fluoride can help keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy, schedule an appointment today by calling the office.
Silver Diamine Fluoride Q & A
What is silver diamine fluoride?
Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is an antibiotic liquid used in dental procedures to help prevent the formation, growth, and spread of cavities. It consists of:
- Silver, which kills bacteria and reinforces your dentin, the protective layer of your teeth
- Fluoride, which helps your teeth rebuild themselves in a process called remineralization
- Ammonia, which keeps the solution concentrated
- Water, which acts as a liquid base
Silver diamine fluoride has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States since 2014.
What does silver diamine fluoride do?
The chemicals in SDF work to eliminate the bacteria that cause tooth decay and also prevent decay from spreading to other teeth. This makes SDF an excellent treatment for preventing cavities, but it can also help to stop their development once they’ve already formed.
The benefits of SDF are numerous and include:
- Painless and non-invasive
- A quick and simple procedure
- Effective in preventing cavities
- Effective in halting tooth decay
For patients with considerable dental anxiety, SDF provides an excellent alternative to treating cavities with a more traditional drilling procedure. It also provides a cavity treatment option for patients whose special healthcare needs prevent them from being able to be drilled.
What does a silver diamine fluoride treatment look like?
SDF is applied directly to the surface of the teeth in a gentle, non-invasive procedure. When your child comes in for an SDF treatment, your dentist first brushes and rinses their teeth without toothpaste and removes any visible plaque. They then place cotton or gauze near your child’s affected teeth to keep them dry and remove any remaining moisture from the teeth with a vacuum suction tool.
Once your child’s teeth are completely dry, the dentist applies the SDF solution to the affected teeth using a micro brush. After the solution is given a few minutes to cure, the treatment is complete. To allow the solution to further cure, Dental Kidz Club advises your child to wait at least an hour before eating or drinking.
If you’re interested in learning more about how silver diamine fluoride can improve your child’s oral health, schedule a consultation at Dental Kidz Club by calling the office.