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Silver Diamine Fluoride

John E Taylor, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Ladera Ranch, CA

Consider silver diamine fluoride treatment if your child regularly gets cavities. Silver diamine fluoride strengthens the enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. At his self-titled practice, John E. Taylor, DDS, and the team use silver diamine fluoride to prevent tooth decay and encourage vibrant smiles. To make an appointment, call the office in Ladera Ranch, California, or book online today.

What is silver diamine fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride is a liquid solution that strengthens your tooth enamel. It provides a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of cavities in children and teens. 

During treatment, Dr. Taylor mixes fluoride (a naturally occurring mineral) and silver (a metal with antibacterial properties) together. When combined, silver and fluoride support your teeth and prevent tooth decay.

Who is a candidate for silver diamine fluoride treatment?

Dr. Taylor typically recommends treatment with silver diamine fluoride to children between the ages of two and eight. He also prescribes silver diamine fluoride to people who don’t qualify for traditional restorations, such as individuals with special needs.

Why is silver diamine fluoride used to prevent cavities?

Silver diamine fluoride is used to prevent cavities for various reasons, including:

  • It’s inexpensive
  • No drilling or preparation
  • It can be reapplied every two or four weeks
  • Easy to apply

What’s more, silver diamine fluoride presents few risks of side effects. After treatment, your child can return to normal activities immediately.

What happens during silver diamine fluoride treatment?

Dr. Taylor performs silver diamine fluoride treatment during a brief outpatient procedure. 

First, he has your child sit in a chair and asks them to open their mouth wide. Then, he places several pieces of cotton inside your child’s mouth. The cotton helps draw saliva away, ensuring your child’s teeth stay dry.

Next, Dr. Taylor applies the silver diamine fluoride solution to a small handheld brush. Then, he carefully rubs the solution on your child’s teeth and waits for it to dry. Last, Dr. Taylor points a special curing light at your child’s teeth, causing them to absorb the silver diamine fluoride solution.

Is silver diamine fluoride treatment safe?

Treatment with silver diamine fluoride is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it can present risks. If your child has a metal allergy, let Dr. Taylor know. 

You should also contact Dr. Taylor if your child experiences any of the following symptoms after fluoride treatment:

  • Gum irritation
  • A metallic taste in their mouth
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Sensitive teeth

Many young people experience cavities, but you can protect your child’s oral health with a silver diamine fluoride treatment. To request a silver diamine fluoride consultation for your little one, call the practice of John E. Taylor, DDS, or book online today.