Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF is an effective treatment for tooth decay, cavities or hypersensitivity. This FDA-approved antibiotic liquid is applied in order to rest active dental caries and to prevent further progression of the disease itself. The ideal way to treat teeth with decay is by removing the decay and placing restorations, this is an alternative treatment that allows us at Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry to stop decay with noninvasive methods, especially in young children that still have baby teeth.
When it comes to your child’s dental health, healthy gums and teeth are optimal. This is why it is important to talk to your child’s dentist about good dental habits even before their first tooth erupts through their gums. Once your child has a tooth, they will recommend that they receive fluoride varnish treatments to help prevent tooth decay. This can be received either at a pediatrician’s office or a dental office. Pediatricians as well as dentists are trained to apply this fluoride varnish because many young children do not see a dentist until they are older. If they do visit a dental office, a dentist can apply this treatment too.
A regular oral hygiene routine is an important thing to establish for your child. Most children will resist the behavior unless an example is set. We have come up with a handful of helpful tips to encourage your children to brush their teeth.