A Healthy Smile with Fluoride


Dental decay is the most frequent childhood chronic disease in the world. There are a variety of reasons that factor into why children suffer with it. Therapeutic management of dental disease instead of aggressive treatments can be an option for your little ones.

Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics discusses the impact different forms of fluoride can have on your child’s dental health.

Fluoride works in three ways:

  • Promotes remineralization of teeth
  • Inhibits demineralization of teeth
  • Kill bacteria

There are several different types of fluoride that dental professionals use. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends sodium fluoride to be used for kids since many gels can have negative effects with children.

Silver diamine fluoride has been used extensively outside of the United States for about 50 years. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2014 for use in the US for tooth hypersensitivity but is also used for cavity control. Silver also works in destroying bacteria. Silver Diamine Fluoride is only applied to the area that has decayed and begins to work within minutes. A noticeable change is seen on the first day and should be completed within the first week. It can be reapplied as needed a few times a year. It works well but silver will also stain so a lot of care is needed in applying it as it will stain clothes, and may temporarily stain areas it may come in contact with in the mouth. SDF is best used on patients without access to any care, young patients that are waiting on treatment, and those with behavior or medical management challenges. There are no reported adverse reactions since its use began in other countries 80 years ago. 

Amarillo Pediatric Dentistry
Shane Moore, DDS
2455 I-40 west 
(806) 350-5437

3501 Soncy 
Suite 129

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