Nearly everyone has memories of laughing children showing off smiles with missing or soon-to-erupt teeth. While this has become nearly an iconic part of youth, it also underlines a troubling pattern in children’s oral health, namely cavities and early tooth loss. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 42 percent of children between the ages of two-to-11 have at least one cavity in their primary teeth.
Pediatric dentists devote much of their time educating parents on the causes of cavities. They are equally dedicated to providing care that prevents and treats dental decay while promoting a comfortable experience for their young patients. A recent advance in children’s dentistry, silver diamine fluoride not only puts a stop to developing cavities, the children who receive this treatment feel no discomfort throughout the process.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for reducing dental sensitivity, silver diamine fluoride was discovered to have benefits on oral health. Studies on this antimicrobial liquid have uncovered its ability to slow the progression of cavity-causing bacteria. When compared to existing fluoride varnishes, silver diamine fluoride also proved more effective when preventing cavities.
At this time, the main drawback of this treatment is cosmetic in nature. When silver diamine fluoride comes into contact with a site of decay, it darkens the area, creating black spots on the affected tooth. Though this is not quite the distinctive look parents want for their children, many agree that this is preferable to having their child undergo more extensive procedures to treat cavities.
How Does this Help My Child’s Smile?
Fluoride is well-known for its use in preventing cavity development, whether through drinking tap water, eating certain fluoride-rich foods, or having it applied to teeth by a dentist. The process is just as straightforward as conventional fluoride treatment, wherein your child’s dentist brushes a solution onto their teeth and protects their smile against decay.
Improved effectiveness and comfort is where this option sets itself apart. Your child benefits from a dramatic reduction in the development of new and existing cavities alike. As a result of the desensitizing properties of silver diamine fluoride, they experience nothing but a greater quality of oral health.
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As a parent, taking a dynamic approach is important when taking care of your growing child. With emerging options like silver diamine fluoride, we can be just as flexible and proactive when it comes to protecting a developing smile.
Our team at Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City is dedicated to helping children in our community and surrounding areas throughout Nassau County lead cavity-free lives. For more information on how our practice incorporates the latest advances into our preventive treatment plans, give us a call and schedule a visit today!