Early Childhood Caries
What is Early Childhood Caries?
Early Childhood Caries or ECC, also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing bottle caries, is defined as the presence of one or more decayed, missing (due to caries), or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a child less than 6 years of age. ECC can be classified as Severe depending on the extent of tooth decay and age of the child. ECC is a significant chronic disease of childhood resulting from an imbalance of multiple factors over time.
What Can I Do to Prevent Early Childhood Caries
To decrease the risk of your child developing ECC, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a number of professional and at-home preventive measures, including:
Protect Your Child’s Teeth Today
Cavities in children are very common and oftentimes easily treatable by a pediatric dentist. However, if left undetected, tooth decay can lead to bigger dental problems, so it is important to schedule routine checkups with our DuPont office. If it’s time for a checkup, or you think your child may have a cavity, don’t wait! Book an appointment online or contact our children’s dentistry practice today. We can help make your child’s most recent cavity their last!
Call Children's Dentistry of DuPont at (253) 244-9778 for more information.