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What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF is a recently FDA approved antibiotic that studies have shown to pause the progression of cavities in children. SDF works as an anti-microbial agent that strengthens the layer beneath the surface of your teeth called dentin. SDF kills the cavity causing bacteria, and strengthens that part of the tooth.

Traditionally, cavities were, and still continue to be treated by drilling into the tooth decay followed by filling it with either a white composite or metal. This new alternative noninvasive treatment is perfect for children who are maybe unable to tolerate procedures due to special needs or pre-cooperative behaviors.

Why Consider Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment

SDF is highly effective in helping to prevent further tooth decay. It is a quick dental procedure, which is ideal for children with special needs who may have difficulty cooperating for dental procedures. The treatment can aid in stopping cavities and tooth decay from worsening and slow the progression and delay need for more involved dental procedures.

Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride

This procedure is optimal for children with excessive decay, children with special needs, and children who are anxious about visiting their dentist. Previously, special needs children have had to be but under anesthesia for the dentist to treat cavities, but SDF offers an alternative to anesthesia. Silver diamine fluoride is:

  • Painless
  • Quick to apply
  • For halting decay
  • Non-invasive
  • Safe
  • Affordable
  • Does stain the cavity black

Please take note that SDF cannot be treated on patients who are allergic to silver and those who have sores or raw areas on their gums.

San Dimas Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments

Dr. Corina Ramirez has been in the field of dentistry for over 30 years, specializing in pediatric dentistry for children ages 1-18. She prides herself on making the child’s visit a positive experience to not only relieve their anxiety but also educate them on the importance of dental hygiene. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Corina Ramirez to see if your child is a good candidate for Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments.

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Why See a Special Needs Dentist

Special needs children often need personalized care in all pursuits, from school to sports. Oral health is one of those things in which it’s wise to find a specialized dentist to help care for your child while providing a dental home.

Why See a Special Needs Dentist

Do you remember being a kid and going to the dentist? For special needs children, the anxiety of not knowing what’s going on during a dental appointment can be more intense. It’s crucial for special needs children to be treated by pediatric dentists specialized to treat them; just because a dentist has their qualifications to treat children does not mean they’re qualified to treat all children. Having a dentist who knows how to interact kindly with your special needs child can make an incredible difference in how that child reacts to basic dental skills training and treatments.

Pediatric Dentist For Special Needs Children

At Pediatric Dental Care, our dental staff provides education throughout the dental appointment to help teach your special needs child how to take proper care of his or her oral health. An appointment at Pediatric Dental Care isn’t just a dental appointment; it’s an educational experience for both you and your special needs child. Once your child is comfortable in our dental setting, we use Touch Points Training to assist with the educational portion of your child’s visit, which includes teaching your child basic dental hygiene skills. We have decades of experience working with children of all abilities and learning levels, and it’s our duty to create personalized care plans that your child will not only understand but will also enjoy.

Aside from personalized learning skills and attentive, empathic care, our dentists offer treatments specifically designed to create an environment of ease of comfort for these kids. Special needs children often have to be put under anesthesia for cavity treatment and tooth decay, but silver diamine fluoride (SDF, a caries arresting topical medicament) has paved a path to a simple and calm alternative. SDF is not only recommended for use on special needs children, but it’s also applauded by parents who appreciate its safety and affordability. A complete evaluation of your child’s dental needs will help determine if your child is a candidate for SDF applications.

Special Needs Dentist San Dimas

We are trained to give your child the best dental care, while respecting the boundaries that come along with a special needs child. Whether your child suffers from ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, or another disorder, we’re confident that our decades-tested, always-accurate dentistry practices will get through to any child who steps foot in our office.

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Xylitol and Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the most prevalent disease among children aged between 5 and 17 years. It occurs when bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar in your diet, turning it into acids that erode tooth enamel and cause decay and cavities.

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Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it’s impossible to completely eliminate sugar in your diet. Instead, dental professionals recommend that you reduce your sugar intake and use substitutes like xylitol to maintain a healthy oral environment.

What is xylitol?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol compound that is equal in sweetness and volume to sugar but without the adverse effects. It is not an artificial sweetener, but a natural carbohydrate obtained from the fibrous parts of berries, vegetables, and other sweet plants.

With its sweetness and granular form, xylitol can be used in many applications of sugar, including sweetening beverages, cereals, sweets, or for baking, except when you need sugar to facilitate yeast expansion.

Using xylitol to prevent cavities
Studies show that xylitol prevents the growth of harmful bacteria – Streptococcus mutans – because they can’t convert xylitol to acid. Over time, the continued presence of xylitol in the mouth reduces the quality and quantity of decay-causing bacteria in tooth enamel. This translates to reduced plaque formation and acid erosion.

One study showed that the regular use of xylitol by mothers reduced the transmission of bacteria to newborn babies, which subsequently resulted in fewer cases of tooth decay.

Xylitol has been approved for safety by different agencies, including the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration. It has been shown to possess decay-preventative qualities, which is particularly beneficial for people at moderate-to-high risk of decay when used as part of an overall decay reduction strategy that includes good home care, dental visits, and a healthy diet.

How is xylitol found?

Xylitol is most commonly found in sugar-free chewing gum and mints. You must check the list of ingredients to determine if the item contains xylitol.

Please request an appointment for more information.

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SDF Treatment for Tooth Decay

The FDA-approved antimicrobial liquid, Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), has been clinically proven to arrest active tooth decay and keep it from progressing any further.

Traditionally, the recommended treatment for tooth decay was removal of the infected tooth tissue followed by a restoration procedure such as dental fillings, crowns, or root canal. SDF treatment provides a noninvasive alternative for saving infected teeth, which is particularly beneficial for young children who still have their primary teeth.

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Keep in mind that SDF treatment does not eliminate the need for restorative dental procedures if you wish to enjoy the function and aesthetics of the original healthy tooth. But it effectively stops the disease from progressing until you can determine whether to restore it, extract it, or let it come out naturally as the adult tooth emerges.

How SDF treatment works
Silver Diamine Fluoride comprises two key components: silver and fluoride. Fluoride is the active ingredient responsible for stopping tooth decay and preventing it from appearing on the site, whereas silver assumes the role of an antimicrobial agent while simultaneously strengthening tooth dentin.

If your child is a suitable candidate for SDF treatment, the dentist will:

  • Brush and rinse his/her teeth without any paste
  • Dry the teeth and remove any debris – including plaque
  • Apply the SDF liquid to the infected teeth using a microbrush
  • Allow two minutes for the solution to cure on the teeth

Your child needs to wait for at least one hour before consuming anything to allow for the treatment to cure adequately.

Is SDF right for your child?

SDF is a painless, non-invasive treatment with quick treatment time. It can be effectively used to relieve tooth sensitivity, prevent cavities, and stop tooth decay. It is recommended for children with excessive tooth decay or carious lesions that cannot be treated all at once, for children with special needs, or those who find it difficult to cooperate for longer cavity treatments. Also keep in mind that all applied areas will stain black, and may need a crown or filling for aesthetics purposes.

Request an appointment to determine whether SDF treatment is right for your child.

For more information – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4778976/
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