At North Texas Smiles, we care about your child’s smile! We understand that a child’s teeth can be more susceptible to decay and damage, which is why we are pleased to offer SDF treatments. Unlike many dental offices, Dr. Justin Warcup uses silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in Fort Worth, Texas, as a potential treatment option. Our practice is proud to use silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as an adjunct service when providing your child with the advanced care they deserve.
To learn more about our SDF treatments, and to schedule your child’s next appointment with our dentist, we welcome you to contact us at 817-732-9341.
What is SDF?
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a colorless fluoride liquid that is composed of 25% silver, 8% ammonia, and 5% fluoride. The silver helps fight against bacteria by breaking through the cell wall and disrupting the respiration of the microbe. It also attaches to the microbe’s DNA to stop replication. The fluoride promotes remineralization, inhibits demineralization, and protects against plaque bacteria.
What does SDF do?
SDF helps your child’s teeth fight off harmful plaque and bacteria. It can help slow the progression of caries or cavities, as well as decrease sensitivity that comes from exposed dentin. All in all, SDF can help aid in the health of your child’s teeth and protect them from further damage.
When should you use SDF?
It is recommended to use SDF in a variety of situations. Many times, our dentist will recommend SDF for patients who:
• Are at a high risk of developing caries
• Develop behavioral, age, or medical management challenges
• Have multiple lesions that cannot be treated in one visit
• Develop lesions that are difficult to treat
• Do not have access to regular dental care
Where did SDF come from?
SDF has been approved and used abroad for many years. It has been used in Japan for more than 80 years, and it has been available in Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and China since the 1980s. Today, it is available in the USA, being FDA-approved for treating hypersensitivity. It can also be used off-label for treating caries.
How safe is SDF?
SDF is a highly safe and reliable fluoride treatment. It has been used in Japan for more than 80 years without any adverse reports. However, it should not be used on patients who have a silver allergy, or who have ulcerative gingivitis or stomatitis. Some side effects include the development of small, white mucosal lesions that will stain black.
Our team wants to ensure that your child’s mouth remains healthy, strong, and beautiful throughout their life. We use only the safest, most advanced treatments, including Silver Diamine Fluoride, to ensure that your child receives the best care possible. For more information about SDF, we welcome you to call or visit our practice today.