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The average child doesn't loose all their baby teeth until 10 to 12 years old.  The baby teeth provide space maintainers for the permanent teeth, so it is important to keep the baby teeth healthy until the permanent teeth erupt.  A cavity (infection) in a baby tooth will continue to grow until it is treated and the tooth may develop a severe tooth ache if not treated.  It is important to remove decay present in a child mouth in order to prevent the spread of more disease (tooth decay).  Also, it is important to maintain a healthy environment for the permanent teeth to develop.

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a non surgical option at our office.  Silver Diamine Fluoride is used on primary teeth (baby teeth) to prevent cavity growth on high risk areas.  The material is applied to active decay to penetrate into the healthy dentin and/or enamel; providing antimicrobial biofilm resistance which helps arrest decay.  This is a great option for a young child that we are unable to treat in office using traditional methods.  We simply apply the material to the tooth one to two times.  Silver Diamine Fluoride turns the high risk areas black, however, we are able to place a tooth-colored resin filling material over the Silver Diamine Fluoride to make the tooth more visually pleasing and help prevent food from packing into the affected area.


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