Children's Dentistry of Manatee

Children's Dentistry of Manatee & Lakewood Ranch

Silver DIamine Fluoride

The Benefits Of Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments For Your Child

Cavities can wreak havoc on children’s teeth and lead to tooth damage, decay, or loss – especially when left untreated. By taking early preventive measures, your child can avoid long-term problems and invasive dental procedures in the future. 

If you want to keep your children’s teeth cavity-free, we’ve got you covered. Thanks to our silver diamine fluoride treatments, stopping tooth decay in its tracks is easier than ever before!

At Children’s Dentistry of Manatee, we provide silver diamine fluoride treatments to keep children’s teeth free of cavities. Get in touch with our team, and give your child the long-lasting protection they need for a healthy smile.

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride (or SDF for short) is a compound made of silver fluoride salt and ammonia. When combined, it becomes a water-soluble solution that can be applied to the teeth. SDF is useful in warding off cavities that lead to unwanted tooth decay.

How Silver Diamine Fluoride Fights Tooth Decay

Silver diamine fluoride has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help stop tooth decay in its tracks. It also acts as a protective barrier against harmful cavity-producing acids that cling to the surface of each tooth. 

Essentially, SDF preserves teeth by supporting and boosting enamel mineralization, which keeps teeth from deteriorating. While results may vary, SDF has proven to be highly effective after just the first session.

Performing Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments On Children

Your child will undergo our standard dental examinations so we can determine the condition and health of their teeth. Then, if SDF is needed, we will perform the fluoride treatment according to the AAPD’s guidelines:

  • First, we clean your child’s teeth to ensure that SDF sticks to the surface properly.
  • Next, we protect your child’s mouth by applying petroleum jelly on their lips and gums.
  • After prepping, we dry the teeth with gauze or compressed air.
  • Finally, we apply the SDF on each tooth using a micro brush or floss.

The entire procedure is quick, effective, and painless, making it a popular choice for children and special needs patients. It’s also more affordable to invest in preventive treatments like SDF, especially compared to the high costs of root canals and extractions.

Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Safe For Children?

Silver diamine fluoride is FDA-approved and safe to use in small amounts. Thanks to its low toxicity, SDF has become a standard for preventive pediatric dental treatments all over the world. 

In accordance with FDA guidelines, we only use a little bit of SDF to treat teeth – but a little goes a long way! According to studies, only one drop of SDF is needed to coat up to 8 teeth.

SDF Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments At Children’s Dentistry Of Manatee

It’s always better to get a professional opinion from dental experts and prevent tooth decay in its early stages. If we spot any signs of cavities during a routine dental check-up, we may recommend SDF treatments for your child.

Don’t wait until your child gets their first cavity! Take a more proactive approach, and consult with our dentists at Children’s Dentistry of Manatee today.

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