This Compendium eBook features a CE article that describes how the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has proven efficacy in preventing the incidence of new caries lesions. Also included in this article is an analysis of nine clinical trials in children showing that SDF prevented 61% of new lesions compared to controls. This article concludes that SDF is an underutilized evidence-based preventive agent for dental caries. Download to earn 2 FREE CEU now!
Prevention of Dental Caries by Silver Diamine Fluoride
Jeremy A. Horst, DDS, PhD; and Masahiro Heima, DDS, PhD
The use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) for management of dental caries has gained considerable attention due to recent regulatory clearance in the United States. The primary focus of policies, presentations, and publications has been the arrest of caries lesions (cavities) because of the material’s unique ability to non-invasively achieve this elusive and clinically important goal. However, SDF also has proven efficacy in prevention, ie, decreasing the incidence of new caries lesions. Analysis of nine clinical trials in children shows that SDF prevented 61% of new lesions compared to controls. Direct comparisons of SDF applied once per year with alternative treatments show that SDF is more effective than other topical fluorides placed two to four times per year and more cost-effective than dental sealants. This article concludes that SDF is an underutilized evidence-based preventive agent for dental caries.
Credits: 2 Self-Study CEU
Provider: AEGIS Publications, LLC
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