Cavities are more common in little kids. This is because they have not yet developed the habit of practicing good oral hygiene and are generally snackers. They are unaware of some of the consequences that can arise when they don’t brush their teeth. This is especially true after a day of eating sugar. Here at Dry Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Lehi, Utah, we do our part to help each child have a healthy smile. We offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, to all patients in need as a conservative approach to pre filling treatment.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a clear, odorless liquid. It helps prevent, and in some cases, get rid of cavities. The dentist applies SDF to help kill bacteria. The bacteria can live in the pits and fissures of the teeth. It also used to help with any signs of early cavities.
The dentist applies SDF onto the surface or the enamel of your teeth. This procedure is not invasive. Along the gumline the dental assistant will use a protectant. This will help your gums avoid the liquid that could come into contact. Treated teeth dried and cleaned before SDF treatment.
Benefits of SDF
- SDF works to stop decay and cavity development. Even if a cavity already exists, it can reduce the growth and kill bacteria.
- The use of SDF is a more comfortable process for kids than drilling and filling cavities would be. For younger kids who struggle to sit still or get nervous at the dentist’s office, this is ideal.
- SDF also strengthens and repairs tooth enamel. It makes teeth more resistant to cavities and decay in the future.
While SDF is not an invasive procedure, it also offers minimal risks. It also has the slight potential to create a black staining around the tooth.
At Dry Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Lehi, Utah, we want to be transparent about treatments. Because there is no added fluoride in Lehi water, it is important to protect your teeth from decay with additional preventative dentistry.SDF is a safe and effective way to get rid of and prevent cavities. If you have any questions about SDF, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help you!