Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Application Right for Your Child?

Is SDF Right For Your Child?

Silver Diamine Fluoride application is a common tooth decay treatment and prevention option in babies, toddlers, and children. As a parent, you are likely wondering if silver diamine fluoride (SDF) application is really right for your child.

 

Who makes a good SDF candidate?

SDF is oftentimes the ideal in the following situations:

  • Babies and toddlers: This is the least-invasive option to treat baby tooth decay. It can also keep teeth from decaying further. Some parents wonder if it’s necessary to treat baby tooth decay since the teeth will fall out—it is necessary. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food and to speak.
  • Multiple cavities: SDF application can cover up to eight teeth at once. Filling multiple cavities takes longer and is less comfortable for children, making this the preferred option for kids with multiple cavities.
  • Special needs: Children of all ages with special needs may not have the ability to restrict their own movement enough to receive numbing. They also may not understand the process enough to remain calm. SDF can treat their cavities in just minutes, without causing undue distress.
  • Older kids: Kids up to age 13 can deal with tooth decay in baby teeth while their permanent teeth come in. With a skilled application, SDF can keep decaying baby teeth from negatively impacting surrounding permanent teeth as they emerge and develop.
  • Genetic predisposition: If you have a family history of easily getting cavities, SDF can lower your children’s risk of getting cavities.

Limitations:

SDF is not recommended if your child has:

  • A silver allergy
  • Significant damage to their front teeth
  • Been diagnosed with gingivitis or lichen planus
  • Or if they don’t want to have stained teeth at all

 

Silver diamine fluoride application is internationally recognized for its safety and effectiveness in treating and preventing cavities. SDF is a commonly used tooth decay treatment option in infants all the way through the loss of the last baby tooth. Additionally, it has a lower cost and requires less time at the dentist than traditional fillings. If you have any questions or would like a consultation, contact our office.

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Frenectomies: Procedures, Benefits, and More

All Things Frenectomy at Grin Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Frenectomy Procedures

A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that involves the removal of one or both of the frenum from the mouth. The frenum is a connective tissue membrane that attaches one surface within the mouth to another. Frenum means bridle in Latin, and this term is used because it restricts tongue movements when it is connected by a frenulum between two surfaces inside of the mouth or pharynx. The two types of frenum are known as the labial frenum and the lingual frenum. In some cases, a frenectomy can help with breastfeeding and relieving respiratory issues.

  •  Labial Frenectomy: A labial frenectomy is a procedure that removes the small tissue connecting the upper lip to the gum between your two front teeth. It can also cause gum recession by lifting the gums off of the jawbone.
  • Lingual Frenectomy: The lingual frenum is a small fold of tissue in the middle of the underside of the tongue. It can be positioned too far forward, which can cause it to over-tighten and restrict your tongue’s movement when it comes to speaking, singing, and eating. Lingual frenum, also known as being “tongue-tied,” can also impede an infant’s ability to latch during breastfeeding or eat from a bottle.

 Benefits

There are several benefits to having a frenectomy. Those include: 

  • Improves appetite and eating in infants and children
  • Improves speech function
  • Improves bite function
  • Helps to reduce pain and discomfort
  • Promotes self-confidence in children and teens by eliminating gaps in the smile

 What Happens After a Frenectomy

In most cases, the pain from a frenectomy is mild, and it heals quickly. The patient can have normal function of the lips and tongue. Many patients hardly notice the effects of the surgery.

 For more information about frenectomies and if one is right for your child, contact one of our Colorado locations. We’re always happy to explain more and help you decide if it’s right for your child. 

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Grin Pediatric Dentistry – Aurora, CO

18801 E Hampden Ave Ste 178
Aurora, CO 80013
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 399-1227

Grin Pediatric Dentistry – Lakewood, CO

7475 W Colfax Ste 103
Lakewood, CO 80214
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 512-2879

Dental Emergency?

We’re available after hours for emergencies! Our office is located in the same shopping center as Walmart, right across the street from The Home Depot.

Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Northglenn, CO

420 E 120th Ave Unit B-11
Northglenn, CO 80233
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 453-3277

Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Centennial, CO

6870 S University Blvd
Centennial, CO 80122
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Hours

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Phone

(720) 277-5930

(Temporarily Closed) Grin Pediatric Dentistry — Denver, CO

2910 E Colfax Ave. Ste 110
Denver, CO 80206

Hours

Temporarily Closed

Phone

(720) 285-7972

Dental Emergency?

We’re available after hours for emergencies! Our office is located directly across from the Walgreens and Walmart.