Various studies in literature worldwide report
high prevalence of Early Childhood caries (ECC).
Conventional restorative methods for ECC are not
always affordable or possible, as it requires patient
cooperation for desirable outcome. Silver diamine
fluoride (SDF) was first promoted in Japan in late
1960’s. It is painless and simple to use for young children
or patients with special needs. When SDF is applied on
carious lesions, the fluoride enhances remineralization
and the silver ions act as an antibacterial agent and
inhibit the growth of cariogenic biofilm. SDF also
preserves the dentin collagen from further degradation.
SDF at 38% has been used mostly in various countries.
Keywords : Silver diamine fluoride; Dental caries; Caries arrest; Fluoride based material; Patient cooperation.