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Alternative for fill and drill treatment of cavities

Alternative for fill and drill treatment of cavities

Heather Powell got a big surprise when she took her 4-year-old son for a routine dental checkup — young Eli had several cavities and needed eight crowns on his back teeth.

The Baltimore mom worried about her child undergoing such a complex medical treatment, which the doctor said would require general anesthesia.

"I could not wrap my head around the fact that my kid would have to go through a procedure of this magnitude," Powell said.

Desperate for an alternative, Powell began searching the Internet for other options. She discovered a handful of dentists around the country who use a mixture called silver diamine fluoride to freeze cavities, preventing the...

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