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Parental knowledge, awareness and acceptance of silver diamine treatment among patients from Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India



Zohra Jabin, Iffat Nasim & V. Vishnu Priya



Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, India; *Corresponding author



Zohra Jabin - E-mail: drzohrajabin@gmail.com; Phone: +91 9871933858,

Iffat Nasim - E-mail: iffatnasim@saveetha.com; Phone: +91 9940063567

V Vishnu Priya - E-mail: Vishnupriya@saveetha.com; Phone: +91 9841445599


Article Type

Research Article



Received May 2, 2022; Revised June 30, 2022; Accepted June 30, 2022, Published June 30, 2022



Silver diamine fluoride has emerged as a non invasive effective therapy for arresting active carious lesions. Therefore, it is of interest to assess parental knowledge, awareness and acceptance of SDF. A cross sectional questionnaire based survey was conducted among 62 parents visiting the Department of Pedodontics along with their children in Modinagar. A 15 item pre-validated questionnaire was used to record baseline characteristics of child’s parents and their knowledge, awareness and acceptance of SDF for their child for prevention of dental caries. 80.6% participants were aware that SDF is painless procedure whereas majority of the participants were not sure about whether placement of filling required post SDF treatment (48.4%), SDF treatment be done outside dental clinic (61.3%), and about any agents that reduce SDF staining (64.5%). Majority 71% participants were aware about SDF treatment's side effects, 90.3% aware whether their child experienced teeth blackening after SDF treatment and 83.9% aware about whether SDF treatment immediately relieves the child's pain. 90.3% preferred SDF treatment, 83.9% opted for SDF treatment despite of its tooth blackening effects. A statistically significant association was found between SDF acceptance and age of their child. There is a lack of knowledge about SDF among the study participants emerging a need for proper education to them when they visit a dental setting with their child. Although it causes discolouration of teeth post SDF treatment, still parents are willing to accept SDF as a treatment modality for their child’s oral health.



Silver diamine fluoride, knowledge, awareness, acceptance, dental caries



Jabin et al. Bioinformation 18(6): 553-557 (2022)


Edited by

P Kangueane






Biomedical Informatics



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