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Oral Health Topics

Silver Diamine Fluoride

Key Points 

  • There is growing appreciation of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to arrest caries lesions, which is an off-label use; SDF currently has FDA clearance as a desensitizing agent.
  • The potential benefits for use of SDF treatment for caries arrest include its low cost and ease of application.
  • The potential harms for use of SDF treatment for caries arrest include permanent black stain on the arrested caries lesions.
  • Semi-annual application of SDF is recommended for sustained benefit.
  • Introduction
  • SDF Composition and Mechanisms of Action
  • SDF for Treatment of Dentin Sensitivity
  • Use of SDF for Caries Arrest
  • Summary
  • References
  • ADA Resources
Last Updated: March 5, 2021

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.

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