A Parent’s Guide to Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) has become a topic of much discussion among parents looking to protect their child’s dental health without having to completely remove and fill portions of the hard dental tissues.

At Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we provide young patients with comprehensive care and educate parents on the best and latest methods of cavity control. We have created this guide to help patients understand the details of SDF and how it can best be used to treat your child.

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a colorless and odorless liquid varnish that contains both silver and fluoride. As with traditional fluoride varnishes, the ingredients re-mineralize dental enamel, helping to prevent future decay and preserving patients’ dental health. The silver content of this liquid is entirely safe and acts as an antimicrobial material when applied to sites of decay.

How SDF is Used

SDF has been approved as a Class II medical device by the FDA, allowing dental professionals to apply the liquid in the same way as traditional fluoride. While SDF is sometimes presented as an alternative to drilling and filling cavities, this material is better served to augment normal preventive care for dental decay.

This liquid is best for patients who are experiencing significant decay in their baby teeth, but who do not require fillings for all caries. This not only helps to preserve a greater portion of the healthy tooth structure but encourages the long-term health of your child’s smile.

Are There Downsides to SDF?

The unfortunate downside to this liquid is that it turns decayed portions of tooth black. SDF also leaves a slightly metallic taste, though this fades quickly. These downsides are often weighed against the health benefits of silver diamine fluoride, making them generally beneficial for teeth that are not visible in the smile.

To learn more about the effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride and other materials used in the regular care of your child’s dental health, contact Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry today. Dr. Geri-Lynn Waldman and our team are committed to total preventive dental care in Middletown.


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