Silver diamine fluoride a low-cost way to halt (but not fix) tooth decay
A new treatment for dental cavities could mean that fewer kids need to squirm through complex dental surgeries or go under general anesthetic.
Dentist and University of Manitoba associate professor Robert Schroth is leading a small study involving 35 kids, testing the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to stop the advance of tooth decay.
The product was approved in February by Health Canada. The procedure is simple: a dentist paints a couple drops of the clear liquid, which contains a high concentration of silver and fluoride, on a tooth. The substance kills the bacteria while hardening the softened tooth.
It also costs a fraction of a conventional filling.
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