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International Journal of Oral Health Dentistry

Silver diamine fluoride as a proactive anti-caries tool: A review

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Author Details : Amina Sultan, Akanksha Juneja*, Maryam Siddiqui, Gurvinder Kaur

Volume : 5, Issue : 2, Year : 2019

Article Page : 63-68

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The management of ECC by the regular stereotyped restorative methods alone is incapable, particularly in a vast community or developing countries like India, where we lack free availability of dental equipment and manpower. The announcement of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as another fluoride delivery system is a breakthrough therapy with evidences of caries lesion arrest rates of about 70 percent. SDF presents as an advantageous modality and is favoured as a satisfactory interim treatment option for its less invasive nature and its inexpensiveness. Most of the researchers have reported SDF to be undeniably more potent cariostatic agent than the fluoride varnishes in arresting caries. Its anti -caries effectiveness was found to be alike on incipient dental caries, non-cavitated and cavitated lesions and no severe pulpal damage after SDF application has been reported. Hence it is justified to state that SDF is a competent, efficient, secure and a reasonable caries preventive tool which is time saving and also patient oriented.

Keywords: Silver diamine fluoride (SDF), Cariostatic agents, Fluoride delivery systems, Early childhood caries (ECC), Caries prevention, Fluoride varnishes.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijohd.2019.016

How to cite : Sultan A, Juneja A, Siddiqui M, Kaur G, Silver diamine fluoride as a proactive anti-caries tool: A review. Int J Oral Health Dent 2019;5(2):63-68

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