Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, yet it is very preventable through proper diet and hygienic practices. In spite of prevention efforts, tooth decay remains a significant public health problem. Fortunately, we have a solution that is proven to prevent tooth decay, and even reverse signs of early cavity development—silver diamine fluoride (SDF).
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver diamine fluoride is a chemical compound formed from water, silver, fluoride, and ammonia. Each of these compound materials is responsible for performing a different function:
- The water acts as a liquid base, making the mixture easy to apply.
- The silver kills bacteria that are responsible for decay formation.
- Fluoride helps strengthen the enamel.
- Ammonia enhances the formulation’s effectiveness against cavities.