Caries is an infectious transmissible disease resulting from tooth adherent bacteria that metabolize sugars to produce acid which ultimately demineralize tooth structure and, if left untreated, can progress to a
An area of decay in a tooth .
Dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood and diproportionately affects poor and minority populations.
Early Childhood Caries, or ECC, is the presence of 1 or more decayed, missing (due to caries), or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a child under the age of 6. (View Risk Factors for Early Childhood Caries.)