Fourteen semi-structured interviews were carried out with paediatric dentists across the UK. This was a heterogeneous sample including working across different settings, with differing levels of experience and both academic and NHS primary employment. Thematic analysis was undertaken with respondent validation.
Participants felt SDF could be useful where patients have caries in their primary dentition, are asymptomatic and cannot manage other treatment options. The five themes influencing their views were child factors, parental influence, external influences, the clinician’s knowledge, experience and beliefs and the properties of SDF.
Paediatric dentists interviewed feel that there is a role for SDF in caries management in the UK. They believe case selection and communication with families is important.
- caries management
- silver diammine fluoride
- topical fluoride