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“What Can SDF Treatment Do For My Teeth?”

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“What can SDF treatment do for my teeth?” is a question we field frequently from our patients. Today, our team will be detailing what SDF treatment is, what it is the perfect solution for, and, of course, how to find out if your child is a candidate for receiving it as a treatment option.

What Is SDF Treatment?

Here at Maplebrook Dental, we pride ourselves on offering a wide array of oral health-related services. This includes SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride).

SDF treatment is widely regarded as one of the best alternatives to cavity fillings for children due to its lack of invasiveness.

On average, SDF treatment takes only an hour for your dentist to complete and is considered to be an affordable, convenient, and safe option for treating tooth decay in toddlers, children, and young teenagers.

The Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride

While other fluorides (such as varnish and toothpaste) are applied to work to mitigate future tooth decay, silver diamine fluoride is unique in the sense that it is the only topical fluoride that halts existing tooth decay and cavities.

In fact, due to its advanced technology and ability to circumvent costly and invasive treatment (such as fillings), SDF is the first (and only!) fluoride-based dental therapy that has been fast-tracked through the FDA approval process in the neighbouring United States.

As mentioned above, SDF is primarily used to treat:

  • Existing tooth decay in toddlers, children, and young teens
  • Potential tooth decay in toddlers, children, and young teens

To accomplish this, SDF is applied as a preventative agent that both stops existing tooth decay in its tracks and wards off future decay more effectively than standard fluoride. 

This breakthrough was welcomed in the dental industry as being the new most viable option for treating tooth decay in baby teeth, which, if left untreated, can spread and cause other childhood diseases

How to Know If Your Child is a Candidate for SDF

If your child has mild-to-moderate tooth decay or the symptoms of a cavity, it is likely that they are a candidate for this non-invasive treatment option.

After, very few kids want to sit through the “drill and fill” that usual cavity treatments encompass: instead, book a visit with us today to see if they are eligible to have the quick, convenient, and non-invasive SDF conducted instead.

Written by Fotini Molnar

Dr. Fotini Molnar started her dental experience working as a dental assistant in a co-op program during high school. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Science, majoring in biotechnology at York University and then obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Toronto. Prior to her career in dentistry, Dr. Molnar researched neuroblastoma at Sick Kids Hospital.
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