Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

You may have heard from the recent media buzz, or from a fellow parent, about a trending tool in pediatric dentistry called Silver Diamine Fluoride.  While this cavity fighting liquid has been around for quite some time, it has recently began gaining popularity as both parents and dentists alike are looking for less invasive ways to treat baby teeth. At Sunshine Smiles we offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, SDF for short, as an option for many of our pediatric patients.  

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What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?

Silver Diamine Fluroide is a type of liquid fluoride that possesses silver ions.  The silver ions then act to harden both tooth structure and decay in attempt to prevents cavities from progressing. 

How Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Placed?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is placed in contact with the tooth cavity for 60 seconds following thorough air drying of the tooth. The SDF is placed either with a small brush for groove surface cavities, or a piece of floss for cavities in between the teeth. A layer of varnish is then applied to the tooth to help seal in the SDF.  This simple procedure is then repeated for each cavity.

What Are The Advantages and Disadvantages To Silver Diamine Fluoride?


  • No Numbing Needed
  • Painless Procedure
  • Can Help To Prevent A Cavity From Growing


  • Cavities May Still Continue To Get Larger (Especially In Those Teeth With Larger Cavities)
  • Tooth Will Stain A Dark Grey Color Due To The Silver Ion

If you feel your child may benefit from Silver Diamine Fluoride, be sure speak with Dr. Kalantari. She will go over her recommendations with, discuss risks and benefits and expected outcomes, and well as answer any questions you may have. You can schedule your child's visit by calling our office or using our convenient online scheduling