New Cavity-Fighting Liquid May Take the Pain Out of Dentistry
“Being able to paint it on in 30 seconds with no noise, no drilling, is better, faster, cheaper,” Dr. Richard Niederman, the chairman of the epidemiology and health promotion department at the New York University College of Dentistry, told the Times.
“I would encourage parents to ask for it,” he added. “It’s less trauma for the kid.”
The Times noted that one patient in Glendale, Ariz., used S.D.F. to “paint over” a cavity of her 4-year-old son. The fluoride cost $25. If the patient had opted to drill, it would have cost $151.
But the “paint over” is the major downside of silver diamine fluoride.
S.D.F. darkens the decaying spot on a tooth. If it’s a back molar, that might not matter much, but a front, visible tooth would likely not be a good candidate for the treatment in older patients.
But for children, S.D.F. could become the go-to treatment to help keep their teeth healthy and strong through their younger years and prevent future dental problems down the road…without the dreaded drill.