Dr Ellen Clark

Silver fluoride, a silver bullet for dental caries?

Silver Fluoride is fast making a come back across the world as a solution used to arrest dental caries and kill bacteria. It was first approved for use in Japan more than 80 years ago and there is a large body of evidence proving the safety and effectiveness. It may be used as a painless alternative to drilling into cavities, when indicated. This talk will cover the history and application of silver fluoride.


Ellen Clark is a Public Health Dentist. She has been involved with research in New Zealand’s Northland region for the last decade and is most interested in reducing oral health inequalities among, and improving the oral health of, children in Northland.

Her epidemiological and clinical research encompasses a wide range of oral conditions, problems and settings, most notably in the fields of child oral health and dental caries. She resides in Mangawhai Heads, with her husband and three children.