What is silver diamine fluoride?
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a liquid substance used to help prevent tooth cavities (or caries) from forming, growing, or spreading to other teeth. The benefits are that it is non-invasive and requires a shorter amount of chair-time. This is especially helpful for patients that are young or have high dental anxiety and allows us to build trust and develop a plan for definitive treatment if indicated.
Traditionally, many dentists have used a fluoride varnish to help stop cavity development. SDF has proven to be more successful at reducing cavity growth than varnish alone. SDF may also require fewer treatments over time.
Please let our team know if you are interested in discussing SDF as a possible treatment option for your child.