This presentation will shed light on the history behind silver diamine fluoride, the mechanisms of action of SDF, the current evidence from both invitro and clinical research, and discuss its rationale for use in contemporary dental practice.
Since its development in the 1960s, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been widely used and studied across the globe. Over the last decade, there has been a renewed interest in the use of SDF for the management of high-caries-risk patients, medically compromised patients, in settings with limited resources, and as part of techniques such as SMART (Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Technique). For the first time, a recommendation on the use of SDF has also been included in the recent 2019 ADA Fluoride Guidelines. Furthermore, the advent of COVID-19, and the need to minimise aerosols, has led to further traction and debate on the role of SDF in dentistry. This presentation will shed light on the history behind SDF, the mechanisms of action of SDF, the current evidence from both invitro and clinical research, and discuss its rationale for use in contemporary dental practice.
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Dr Jilen Patel is a specialist paediatric dentist who completed his postgraduate training at The University of Western Australia and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. He is a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Dentistry at the UWA Dental School and Consultant at Perth Children’s Hospital.
Jilen has been awarded and has previously received both the both the Royal Australasian College emerging lecturer award and Australian Dental Association/Pierre Fauchard Academy’s young lecturer award. Jilen was also named the 2019 West Australian Young Achiever of the Year Award recognising his work with vulnerable and medically compromised children and his volunteer efforts in remote Kimberley communities.
Jilen is both a clinician and an academic actively involved with the provision of on-call and emergency services at PCHas well as teaching and research in the field of dental traumatology.