Use of silver diamine fluoride as topical fluoride agent increases globally: Study
Global research interest regarding silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has rapidly increased in recent years, suggests a study published in the Journal of Dentistry.
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF), also known as diammine silver fluoride, is an alkaline solution composed of diammine silver ions and fluoride ionsA group of researches from China conducted a study to investigate the global research interest regarding silver diamine fluoride (SDF) in dentistry using a bibliometric approach.
A literature search was conducted in the Web of Science Core Collection database to identify studies related to SDF. Bibliometric data from the selected publications were exported and analysed using the Bibliometrix Biblioshiny R-package software. The type of research and main contents of the publications were summarised. One-way analysis of variance was used to detect the differences in the citation counts of the publications with various types of research. In addition, Google Trends was used to investigate the popularity of the search term "silver diamine fluoride".
The results of the study are as follows:
A total of 259 publications were included and analyzed. The annual scientific production of SDF studies increased significantly per year in the past five years, and it mainly concerned dental caries. The three main types of research were laboratory/animal study (n = 114, 44%), review/guideline (n = 56, 22%), and clinical trial (n = 44, 17%). The citation count related to the type of research (p < 0.01). The citation count of clinical trials was significantly higher than that of laboratory/animal studies (p < 0.05). As quantified via data from Google Trends, the search popularity of "silver diamine fluoride" also increased significantly.
The researchers concluded that based on the results of bibliometric analysis, global research interest regarding silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has rapidly increased in recent years.
A study titled, "Global research interest regarding silver diamine fluoride in dentistry: A bibliometric analysis" Meng C et. al published in the Journal of Dentistry