An estimated 19% of the U.S. population will be 65 years or older by 2030. Untreated coronal tooth decay is present in 19% of seniors in our country. Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an emerging caries preventive management strategy that is cost-effective, safe, and readily available. Although SDF has been shown to be effective in decay prevention and arrest in children, few randomized controlled clinical trials have been published regarding its effectiveness in older populations.
Hypersensitivity is one of the common problems associated with acid demineralization of the tooth. Studies have been shown that SDF can prevent and even arrest the problem. Furthermore, additional studies in children, young adults, and middle-aged adults suggest that SDF could be effective at halting and preventing coronal decay in the senior population as well. This could lead to retention of natural teeth in older adults that are challenged by chronic illnesses and dysfunctional physiological processes.
As all Americans continue to age and the increase of decay rises in the geriatric population, SDF may become a critical treatment option in keeping teeth healthy for a lifetime. If you have any questions or are in need of an appointment, call our office at 918-455-0123!