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UNC: New Video Educates Parents and Providers on Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment for Children’s Cavities

Two faculty members at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health are part of the team behind a new educational video about improving oral health in children. The team is called “Brushing Is Fun, Start By Age 1” (BIF1), and their video is designed to inform parents, child care staff and health care providers about a new therapy called silver diamine fluoride (SDF).

“Silver diamine fluoride is an inexpensive, safe and effective way to stop tooth decay and protect teeth,” the team announced in a video press release. “Used internationally for decades, it has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry since 2017. Painless, convenient and affordable, SDF is painted on teeth with cavities in just minutes to stop the progression of tooth decay.”

According to Dr. Alex White, associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School, it’s a video whose time has come.

“There’s not a lot of education — and definitely not many videos — about SDF,” he said. “This video educates parents, health care providers and dentists about a relatively new therapeutic tool for arresting the growth of cavities.”

For Dr. Richard Gary Rozier, emeritus professor of health policy and management, highlighting new therapeutics is an important part of the team’s multidimensional strategies to address dental disease in children, which is five times more common than asthma.

“Our mission is to develop resources and guidelines to promote access to oral health information and effective oral health services,”  he said. “Good oral health in children requires the integration of oral health into medical, dental and social services programs.”

The video is available —  in both English and Spanish — at: toothtalk.org.

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