Provider and Public Perceptions of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is highly effective in arresting the progression of active caries as well as preventing new lesions. It has been commonly used as a treatment for children, and many parents appreciate its ease of use. Evidence shows that the application of SDF in children arrested 61% of new carious lesions. However, SDF is not without downsides: it leaves a black stain on these lesions and may burn or stain the soft tissue surrounding them.

Given all this, how do dental providers and patients view SDF? A new visual report from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health offers details on their attitudes. Key findings include:

  • 90% of nearly 400 surveyed providers agreed that SDF is an effective treatment.
  • 78% of the surveyed adults think that the application of SDF on posterior teeth is acceptable versus only 20% who think it is acceptable on anterior teeth.
  • Females were more likely than males to accept SDF as the treatment of choice for both posterior and anterior teeth.

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