Dare to send your little ones to the dentist’s drill? Or would you like to consider an alternative to stopping cavities and tooth decay? Believe it or not, there’s a new, FDA approved liquid that’s designed to fight tooth decay quickly and painlessly, so that you, Dr. Haghpanah and your child can avoid the trauma that often accompanies pediatric dental fillings.
Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, is a colorless, antibiotic liquid, composed of silver and fluoride which work together to both strengthen the underlying layers of teeth and to stop present decay from occurring. SDF application is a non-invasive, cavity-fighting technique that is FDA approved for the treatment of dental sensitivity, and has recently been found successful in preventing dental decay, especially in children who have excessive early decay.
SDF can be beneficial for young children who have trouble coping with the time and invasiveness required for a regular cavity treatment, and the application of SDF will not only be quick and painless, but will also leave your child with a more calm and collected demeanor throughout his or her entire dental visit. Dr. Haghpanah is practiced and well-equipped for SDF application for your little one, and should the beneficial pain-relieving results wear off after months’ time, she can get your child back in and out of the office in just minutes for a quick re-application.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry notes that SDF provides pediatric dentists an affordable alternative to reduce the numbers of toddlers and young children with cavities to be subject to operations. While decayed areas of the teeth treated with SDF will turn a dark brown color, parents of young children often find that this is a minimal side-effect as compared to the long-term trauma that can accompany a trip to the dentist that includes pediatric sedation or drilling required for a cavity filling.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is rapidly becoming the future of pediatric dentistry, and it can become a part of your family’s pediatric dental plan too!