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What To Know About Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

November 26th, 2021

SDF has been used extensively around the world for decades, although it only received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014. The FDA actually approved SDF for use in the treatment of tooth sensitivity. Interestingly though, further studies demonstrated that SDF is highly effective at stopping cavities when combined with improvements in their diet (cut out the sugar!) and oral hygiene (brush and floss daily!). 

How Does SDF Work?

SDF’s ability to slow down or stop dental decay comes from its two main ingredients. Silver’s antibacterial properties have been known for centuries, and safety profile makes it ideal for use in humans. Fluoride significantly increases the rate at which tooth enamel can be repaired by saliva, and at the same time increases the enamel’s resistance to future decay due to acids. Fluoride has antimicrobial properties as well.

The uses of silver fluoride include stopping tooth decay from progressing and keeping the affected teeth stable until a dentist determines if further action is necessary to preserve the health of the teeth. SDF helps harden the tooth structure softened by decay.

When and Why Do Dentists Recommend SDF?

There are several situations in which SDF treatment is a good option. First and foremost, it is effective at stopping and preventing tooth decay when patients commit to making lifestyle changes. The bonus is that compared to other treatment options such as filling a cavity,  SDF can be a more affordable option depending on budget, insurance coverage, and access to care. (Side note: while we always consider the specific risks and benefits specific to each treatment plan that we design in prioritizing the well-being of the child’s well-being, we’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge that finances can be a factor when choosing the best path forward for many of our patient families.) 

The biggest drawback to SDF we see in our office is that it stains the treated teeth black, which for some people, is not aesthetically pleasing. For children who still have their primary or baby teeth though, the aesthetic issue of staining is outweighed by the benefits of treating and preventing toothaches in the future. This form of treatment is growing in popularity as a pediatric dental treatment.

Talk With Your Pediatric Dentist About SDF

The only way to determine whether silver diamine fluoride treatment is right for your child is to ask your pediatric dentist about it. Not every dental practice offers this form of treatment, and it’s important to choose a dental team that’s trained and knowledgeable about this relatively new solution.

We invite you to learn more about what sets Carolina Pediatric Dentistry apart by requesting an appointment. We are happy to answer any and all questions you have about silver diamine fluoride and other pediatric dental treatments. 


Best Raleigh Female Pediatric Dentists

March 12th, 2021

Carolina Pediatric Dentistry employs some of the best female pediatric dentists in Raleigh. Our office offers a variety of services in a kid-friendly, modern environment for children of all ages. Regardless of your child’s stage in life or dental needs, our highly trained and experienced dental team can help. Here’s what you can expect if you choose us as your go-to pediatric dentist office.

A Kid-Friendly Office

We do everything possible to ensure your child has a positive experience from the moment they walk through our door. Our staff will help them feel calm and comfortable while they’re in the waiting room and exam. With our dentists by their side, your child may even look forward to dentist appointments. Our Waxhaw, NC orthodontist friends at Chad Johnson Orthodontics have raved about our fun and exciting pediatric dental office.

Additional Training

Our female dentists have undergone two to three years of additional training beyond dental school. This has allowed them to hone in on how to provide quality dental care to children. They know what it takes to support them as their dental needs change over time. Additionally, our dentists can relieve the anxiety that often comes with young children at the dentist.

Services for Children of All Ages

Whether you have a toddler, elementary school child, or high schooler, Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is ideal. We offer top-notch dental services for children of all ages. We also serve children with special needs such as autism, ADHD, and down syndrome. You can trust us to be your child's “dental home” throughout every stage of their life.

Advanced Technologies

At Carolina Pediatric Dentistry, we invest in a number of advanced technologies to make your child’s experience painless and comfortable. For example, we offer low radiation digital x-rays to quickly and effectively diagnose and treat hidden issues.

Contact Carolina Pediatric Dentistry Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our office, we encourage you to call us at (919) 570-0180. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Best Wake Forest, NC Female Pediatric Dentists

March 2nd, 2021

If you’re in the Wake Forest area and in search of the best female pediatric dentists, you can’t go wrong with Carolina Pediatric Dentistry. Our kid-friendly environment and experienced dental team can make your child’s experience at the dentist enjoyable. Let’s take a closer look at what you can expect if you choose us as your child’s dental provider.

Variety of Services

We are pleased to offer just about every pediatric dental service you can think of. You can trust us with preventative care services like exams, x-rays, and cleanings. Our dentists also perform crowns, fillings, and extractions. In addition, we specialize in sedation and anesthesia so that your child can receive the dental care they need without any pain or discomfort.

Optimal Comfort

Once you step foot into our office, you’ll find that it was designed with your child’s comfort in mind. We have games and books for children as well as relaxing, quiet areas or adults. Whether your child is in the lobby or in an exam room, they’re bound to feel at ease.

Emergency Dental Care

Your child may experience a dental emergency when you least expect it. The good news is we can help. From knocked out teeth to toothaches and everything in between, we handle a variety of emergency dental issues. Simply call our office, no matter what time it is and we’ll advise you on the best next steps. Our Durham, NC Invisalign orthodontist friend Dr. Jason Gladwell has explained that emergency dental care is getting more and more important in 2021.

Flexible Appointment Times

We know your child leads a busy life. That’s why we offer flexible appointment times. While other pediatric dentists are only open a few days a week, Carolina Pediatric Dentistry is ready to serve you Monday through Friday from 6:45 a.m to 5:00 p.m. We’ll do our best to accommodate your child’s schedule.

Contact Carolina Pediatric Dentistry Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our office, we encourage you to call us at (919) 570-0180. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

How Many Teeth Should Toddlers Have at 18 Months?

February 21st, 2021

As a parent, you may wonder whether your toddler’s baby teeth are on schedule. Even though baby teeth usually come in around the same time and the same order for all toddlers, no two toddlers are exactly alike. This means there is some flexibility so don’t worry if your friend’s child develops certain teeth before yours.

Believe it or not, your toddler’s teeth were actually formed long before they made their debut into this world. They are hidden underneath the gums and ready to make their appearance when the time comes. At first, you’ll notice your child's incisions appear. These are important because they make it possible for them to bite into foods.

You can expect their lower central incisors or bottom front teeth to pop up when they’re anywhere between six and 12 months old. At the eight to 12 month phase, the upper incisors will come in. Next, the upper lateral incisors on each side of the front teeth will arrive. You’ll notice their lower lateral incisors anywhere between 10 to 16 months.

Once all your toddler’s incisors are in, it will be time for their molars, which are vital as they can help them chew and grind food. Their upper molars will come at 13 to 19 months while their lower molars will initially make an appearance when they’re between 14 and 18 months. It’s highly likely that your toddler will have 12 teeth by 18 months. Wilmington, NC dentist Gabriel Rich states that contacting a dentist is important when asking oral health questions about your child.

To ensure your toddler’s teeth are coming in as they should, schedule frequent appointments with the pediatric dentist. Through routine exams and cleanings, you’ll get a good idea of whether they’re on track and learn about any issues early on.

Contact Carolina Pediatric Dentistry Today

If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our office, we encourage you to call us at (919) 570-0180. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

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