Silver Diamine Fluoride

Serving Flower Mound, TX, and Surrounding Areas

Did you know that cavities in baby teeth don't always have to be drilled and filled? Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound offers silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, to help prevent small cavities from progressing and turning into larger ones. The non-invasive treatment provides an excellent solution for children who cannot receive traditional dental fillings.

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

SDF is a liquid composed of two primary components: silver and fluoride. Silver acts as an antimicrobial agent that kills cavity-causing bacteria and prevents new biofilm formation while also strengthening the underlying layer of the tooth called dentin. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, remineralizes the teeth, and prevents new decay from developing.

What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Repairing cavities in young children or children with special needs often requires sedation or even general anesthesia. SDF offers an excellent solution for kids who can't sit still, are too young, or are too small for general anesthesia. It helps stop cavities in their tracks and prevents them from getting worse until kids can receive traditional teeth fillings. SDF helps prevent traumatic experiences and negative associations with the dentist.

Is Your Child a Candidate for Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment?

Not every child with tooth decay is a candidate for SDF, especially if the decay has reached the nerves. Dr. Harman will evaluate your child's smile and determine whether SDF is the best solution. If your little one qualifies for silver diamine fluoride treatment, sugary foods and drinks must be kept to a minimum to ensure the procedure’s success.

Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Safe?

SDF comes with an extremely high safety record. The temporary cavity treatment comes with no reported health risks or severe adverse side effects.

How Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Applied?

SDF is a conservative treatment that's easy and simple to apply, with no shots, drilling, or unfamiliar sounds. We will start with cleaning and isolating the decayed tooth to keep it dry. Next is brushing the SDF solution onto the tooth surfaces, leaving it on for about two minutes, and then clean off any excess. Make sure your little one doesn't eat or drink anything for at least an hour after treatment.

Healthy Habits for Long-Term Healthy Smiles

As the old saying goes, "prevention is better than cure." Encourage your child to brush and floss regularly and to limit sugary foods and drinks. Make sure you visit Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound for your child's routine dental exams and cleanings. Our preventive services will help keep your child's teeth in tip-top shape. Together, we'll lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments Near Me in Flower Mound, TX

If you're looking for a pediatric dentistry practice offering gentle, kid-friendly care, we invite you to visit Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound. Dr. Harman and his team will do everything they can to ensure your child is comfortable and happy while receiving the best possible care.

To learn more about treating cavities with our quick and painless SDF treatments, we invite you to call our office at 469-240-5128 or fill out our online form to request an appointment today. We look forward to caring for your child's smile!

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