Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Say Goodbye to the Dentist’s Drill

July 14, 2016
Plain English Version

dental care

It is here!  There is a new way to treat cavities. It is a liquid brushed on the cavity. It is silver diamine fluoride or S.D.F.

They have been using it for years in Japan. It is now available in the U.S. Its brand name is Advantage Arrest.

The government says it is only for use as a tooth desensitizer on adults. But studies show it can halt the progression of cavities and prevent them. Dentists are using it for those purposes.

One dentist said the great news is that you do not need to drill. You do not need an injection to dull the pain of a drilling.

Oregon is the first state to use it for Medicaid patients. Dental schools are teaching pediatric dentists how to use it.

Another dentist said, “Being able to paint it on in thirty seconds with no noise, no drilling, is better, faster, cheaper.”

There is a downside. S.D.F. blackens the brownish decay on a tooth. That may not matter on a back molar or a baby tooth that will fall out. Some patients will not want it on a tooth that is visible.

The good news is that it does not cost too much. The treatment is about $25.

Dental care for children is full of dilemmas. About one out of four 2-to-5-year-olds has cavities. Severe cavities may call for operations. Using S.D.F. may be the way to prevent the need for an operation.

S.D.F. also kills the bacteria that cause decay. Two S.D.F. treatments will reduce cavities.

Dentists are for the new treatment.  One said, “You need only a drop (of S.D.F.) to treat five teeth. It comes out to pennies per tooth.”

Source: The New York Times July 11, 2016

Print Friendly

In Brief

Too Many Antibiotics Can Make Children Heavier

Children who use a lot of antibiotics gain more weight than others. The weight they gain may stay with them into adulthood.

A study of...

Enemy of the Day: Sugar

The U.S. government is saying how much sugar we should consume. They suggest that only 10 percent of the average person’s calories should come...

Reduce Carbs or Fat: Which is the Best Way to Lose Weight?

According to one expert, “It is a lousy question.” Fats, he said, go from bad to good. All diets should have the “good” monounsaturated...

Warnings About Over-the-Counter Drugs

It is not always safe to take over-the-counter drugs (OTCs). The longer you take them, the greater the risk you will incur. They may...


  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by DictionaryBox.com
Click to listen highlighted text!