Silver Diamine Flouride is available in Vancouver – finally!
About Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), is a treatment known to slow down/arrest cavities. It is topical and non-invasive. Dentists apply it to affected areas 2 times a year for at least 2 years. It has been shown in studies to potentially arrest/stop cavities up to 70%.
The main drawback is that it causes the affected tooth structure to turn black, therefore it is indicated for situations where you cannot do a filling due to age, or behavior. Also for health concerns for baby teeth or teeth that are not an aesthetic concern. For young children, it is sometimes advised to delay treatment to when they are older or even until the tooth naturally falls out on its own. Speak to your dentist about what is best.
The American Dental Association says that Silver Diamine Flouride is a useful treatment for small children, and it can also be used as management for root caries in elderly people.
Cost of Silver Diamine Flouride Treatment
The SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) treatment is $32.80 CAD and is covered by some dental plans. Check to see if your plan covers it!
Consent Form and More Information
Here is the consent form – Silver-Diamine-Fluoride-Vancouver-Consent-Form. This form offers more information on the treatment.