Journal of Oral Science
Online ISSN : 1880-4926
Print ISSN : 1343-4934
ISSN-L : 1343-4934
In vivo antimicrobial activity of silver diammine fluoride on carious lesions in dentin
Maribasappa KarchedDena AliHien Ngo
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2019 Volume 61 Issue 1 Pages 19-24


Minimally invasive treatment protocols may leave a residual layer of carious dentin, which requires treatment for the inhibition of bacterial growth beneath restorations. We aimed to examine the in vivo effect of silver diammine fluoride (SDF) and SDF + potassium iodide (KI) application on bacteria present in deep carious lesions. We studied the in vivo efficacy in five patients, each of which had five carious lesions. Dentin samples taken before and after treatment were subjected to microbial analyses. Following treatment with SDF, the median colony-forming unit (CFU) counts per mg of dentin reduced from 9 × 105 to 1.6 × 102 (P < 0.05), and following that with SDF + KI, the counts decreased from 2.9 × 105 to 9.2 × 10 (P < 0.05). The use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHX) reduced CFU counts from 1.1 × 105 to 4.8 × 102 (P < 0.05). In four of the five patients, no CFUs were found on mitis salivarius-bacitracin agar with respect to SDF or SDF + KI application. For CHX, the median CFU count before treatment was 1.6 × 103 and that after treatment was 1.1 × 102. SDF completely inhibited mutans streptococci growth in four of the five patients, while the growth of anaerobes was not completely inhibited.

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