Fluoride treatments (Silver Diamine Fluoride) is an FDA-approved antibiotic liquid. It is applied to the teeth to prevent and control dental cavities. This method is noninvasive and works well, especially for young children.
Fluoride treatments are composed primarily of fluoride and silver. Fluoride is an active ingredient that stops tooth decay and prevents additional decay. Silver is an anti-microbial agent that strengthens the protective layer of teeth called dentin.
After your child’s teeth have been brushed, rinsed, and examined, the fluoride treatment will be applied. The solution cures on the teeth for two minutes. It’s that easy. However, your child will need to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after the treatment.
Fluoride treatment is used routinely as a preventative measure, but it can also be used on cavities to stop the decay and prevent the spread. It is used for children with special needs, young children who can’t cooperate with treatment, children with excessive decay, and more.
Ideally, tooth decay is treated by removing the decay and restoring the tooth. However, this can be difficult in small children. While fluoride treatment does not replace the need for restoration, is proven effective at preventing further decay.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is particularly useful in treating kids whose cavities can’t be treated by other means. It is non-invasive, painless, effective, and quick. Also, it can relieve tooth sensitivity as well as preventing further decay.
Your dentist would not recommend Silver Diamine Fluoride if the benefits didn’t outweigh the risks. Still, the dentist will go over the risks with you beforehand. These include staining of the decayed areas, temporary staining on the skin or gums, a metallic aftertaste, and possible discoloration of dental fillings and crowns. Also, there is a risk that it will not prevent the decay from spreading. If this is the case, more extensive measure will be required.
Your dentist will go over your child’s medical history to ensure that he/she is a good candidate for Silver Diamine Fluoride. However, if your child is allergic to silver or has painful sores or raw areas on the gums, they should not have fluoride treatment.
Does your child have cavities? Fluoride treatment might be the best course of action.