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What Is Early Childhood Caries?

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is defined as 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.

ECC typically results in severe tooth morbidity and extensive restorative treatment needs.

ECC affects 24.7% of children in the United States.

ECC is concentrated among poor and minority children, with 80% of total tooth decay occurring in 25% of the nation's children.


 
 
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) affects children younger than the age of 5.
 
ECC spreads rapidly within the mouth, typically resulting in severe disease.
 
Caries development is independent of the method of feeding.
 
ECC is concentrated among poor and minority children, with 80% of tooth decay occurring in 25% of children.
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