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SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE (SDF)

Children's Fluoride Treatment in Flagstaff, AZ


What is silver diamine fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a fluoride-containing antimicrobial liquid that is placed on a tooth with a cavity to prevent the cavity from progressing. In some instances, if your child has a cavity, their tooth may benefit from having SDF placed on it rather than a dental filling or crown.

SDF is often used as an interim solution but can sometimes be all the treatment required for a tooth with a cavity. The benefits of this treatment are that it is non-invasive, fast, and painless.

What does silver diamine fluoride treatment involve?

The placement of SDF is a quick and painless procedure, taking only a matter of seconds. This procedure does not require any local anesthetic or drilling, and the SDF liquid is simply brushed onto the cavity area of the tooth. Halting cavity progression may require several applications, and your children's dentist will review their recommendations regarding SDF specific to your child’s tooth with you.


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Related FAQs

Of course! Not only do we allow parents to stay with their kids during exams and most treatments, we encourage it. We have found that having a parent stay with their child lessens the anxiety for both the child, as well as the parent. Younger patients will often lay in their parent's lap during the exam to provide the most soothing experience.

Also, being with your child during their dental appointment allows the dentist and parent to discuss their child's dental health and provide realtime feedback and tips.

The only exception is during General Anesthesia. Parents are able to be with their child when they fall asleep and wake up, but not during treatment. The treatment room is small and with the dentist, dental assistant and the anesthesiologist, the room is just too crowded to provide the safest environment for your child. During this time, you are asked to wait in the lobby. The office staff will bring you updates during treatment.

We only use composite (tooth-colored) fillings, we do not use amalgam (silver) fillings.

If your child has received local anesthesia to complete their dental work their lips, cheeks, and tongue will remain anesthetized (numb) for a few hours following their appointment. Because they cannot feel these areas, sometimes children will accidentally bite them which causes them to swell. It is very important to monitor your child closely after their dental appointment and remind them not to suck, bite or chew on their lips, cheeks or tongue. Cold liquids, ice packs, or frozen treats (popsicles) will help provide pain relief if this occurs. If your child has any swelling following their dental appointment, please contact our office so it can be evaluated.

Monitoring your child’s diet and oral hygiene are important factors in preventing dental decay. We recommend helping your child brush their teeth twice a day and floss any teeth that are touching nightly. A good rule of thumb is if your child can cut meat into perfect squares they likely have the manual dexterity to start brushing and flossing on their own.

When your child is ready for this transition, we recommend you continue to supervise their oral hygiene. After nighttime brushing and flossing, only allow your child to have water before bed. Never allow your child to sleep with juice or milk overnight. Frequent sipping on sweet drinks (juice, soda, sports drinks) can increase your risk of getting cavities. Try to limit these types of beverages as much as possible. Drinking water with meals or after snacks helps wash off the food and sugars from teeth and is especially important if your child is drinking sugary beverages.

While breastmilk alone does not cause cavities, after your child’s teeth have erupted breastfeeding in combination with carbohydrates and sugars can cause cavities. It is important to begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they come in.