Sponsored Brief: What is SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride)?
Last updated 2/5/2019 at Noon
SDF can be brushed on certain types of shallow cavities to stop decay. SDF may be an option if your child is very young or has special needs.
SDF can help delay more extensive procedures such as a filling or sedation until a child is older. However, SDF does blacken the decayed part of the tooth leaving it discolored. Also, your pediatric dentist will need to monitor the cavity periodically to ensure it has stopped growing.
If your child’s cavity is on a baby tooth that will eventually fall out, or if the tooth is in the back of the mouth and hard to see, SDF might be a good option!