Review Article
Volume 19 Issue 1 - 2020
Dentistry’s “Silver Bullet” Silver Diamine Fluoride - A Review
AlWaleed Abushanan, BDS, MSc, FRCD(C)*
Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: AlWaleed Abushanan, Department of Preventive Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj 11942, Saudi Arabia.
Received: December 16, 2019; Published: December 27, 2019


Early childhood caries (ECC) is the most common childhood disease. It is often accompanied by serious comorbidities affecting children’s quality of life, their families, the community and the health care system as a whole. Nonetheless, the use of fluoride in dentistry has proved to be effective in preventing, remineralizing and arresting decay.

Fluoride is widely available in different forms; almost all food and naturally occurring water contain some fluoride. However, in recent years a new treatment modality; silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been suggested and proved to be of value, due to its ease of application and efficacy in managing caries and provides a means of conservative treatment in a non-traumatic nature to the patients. A main disadvantage of SDF is the black staining, which might hinder the acceptance of patients for this modality of treatment, thus careful case selection might be of high importance.

Keywords: Caries; Pediatric Dentistry; Silver Diamine Fluoride


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Citation: AlWaleed Abushanan. “Dentistry’s “Silver Bullet” Silver Diamine Fluoride - A Review”. EC Dental Science 19.1 (2020): 01-04.

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