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Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) and Dental Sealants

Fluoride and dental sealants are excellent preventative measures to keep your child’s teeth healthy between visits.

We can apply silver diamine fluoride (SDF) during each dental cleaning to help strengthen your child’s teeth — just ask at the beginning of the appointment.

Silver diamine fluoride is made of a mixture of water, fluoride, ammonia, and silver. The silver and ammonia help kill bacteria, and the ammonia also helps keep the mixture concentrated for maximum effectiveness on each use.

Dental sealants work a little differently, and are a liquid of sorts that gets applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Unlike fluoride which eventually washes off the teeth, sealants are semi-permanent and can continue to protect teeth for many years.

We then use a special light to harden the sealants onto the teeth. The whole process takes 25 minutes, is painless, and is even covered by various dental insurance plans.

We recommend both of these preventative measures because they go a long way (along with good oral habits) toward avoiding cavities and other maladies.