The FDA-cleared antibiotic liquid silver diamine fluoride is applied to prevent disease progression and is particularly useful for children and adolescents. It’s a non-invasive, softer approach to stopping tooth decay that works wonders for baby teeth.
Two main components comprise silver diamine fluoride: fluoride, and silver. Fluoride is the active ingredient that stops tooth decay, while the silver acts as an antimicrobial agent, strengthening the dentin, which is the underlying layer of the tooth.
First, Dr. Kim or Dr. Cernigliaro brushes and rinses your child’s teeth to prepare for the treatment. Next, they dry the teeth and remove any plaque or debris. The silver diamine fluoride is then applied to your child’s teeth with a special brush and left to sit for two minutes.
After the treatment, your child may have a metallic taste in their mouth. It’s best to make sure your child abstains from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes afterward. Your Happy Smile dentist instructs you on how to prepare for your child’s treatment, and what to expect.
Dr. Cernigliaro or Dr. Kim may recommend a silver diamine fluoride treatment if your child has excessive tooth decay. It’s highly effective in preventing further damage.
Children with special needs and children who have difficulty sitting for long periods of time may benefit most from this quick, preventive method.
The treatment is also recommended to stop cavities and tooth decay from worsening without the immediate need for longer, more involved dental procedures.
Silver diamine fluoride is:
Your child shouldn’t be treated with silver diamine fluoride if:
If your child is experiencing tooth hypersensitivity, this treatment can help. Call or book online with Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry to discover more.
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