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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 decay 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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Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element.  Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis helps prevent tooth decay.  Fluoride makes your teeth less dissoluble in acid.  Fluoride encourages "remineralization," a strengthening of weakened areas of tooth enamel. 

Fluoride can occur naturally in water but is often added to community water supplies.  It is found in many different foods and in dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, and varnish.  Fluoride is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.   

Fun Facts!

1. Systemic fluoride has been shown to reduce caries between 50 to 70 percent. 

2.  Water fluoridation is still the No. 1 cost effective way to prevent tooth decay.  However, 30 percent of communities in the United States do not have fluoride in their public sources of water. 

3.  Children may need fluoride supplements or you may need to buy bottled water with fluoride, if they drink water that is not optimally fluoridated.  Dr. Glenn considers many different factors before recommending a fluoride supplement.  Your child's age, risk of developing dental decay and the different liquids your child drinks are important considerations.  Bottled, filter, and well waters vary in their fluoride amount, so a water analysis may be necessary to ensure your child is receiving the proper amount.

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A Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) is an early orthodontic treatment used to correct a cross-bite, and are the most common orthodontic appliance used to expand the palate of young children.  Dr. Glenn typically recommends an RPE for a child with a posterior cross-bite around 6-8 years old, depending on how the child will handle treatment.  This is a treatment we would refer to an orthodontist.  Most patients feel pressure on their teeth throughout treatment, however experiences may vary.

The RPE is placed on the palate with 2 rings around each molar.  There is a key used to turn the expander twice a day for two weeks; each turn expanding the palate in small increments.   During treatment, some children start to see a gap between their front teeth; this is a positive sign.  A typical cross-bite will be corrected by the RPE within 3-6 months of use.

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