Serious Issue of Early Childhood Caries - Ala Dean Attar, DMD

Chronic tooth decay, also referred to as Early Childhood Caries (ECC), is the number one disease among young children and infants. ECC can leads to severe decay and untimely tooth loss, and is linked to other complex health issues.

It typically starts when the child’s primary teeth appear in an environment of poor dietary habits, such as frequent consumption of sugary drinks and food. It can affect speech, the ability to communicate, and it may spread to surrounding teeth and soft tissues within the oral cavity. In addition, decay in primary teeth may be transferred to the permanent dentition if not treated in a timely manner.

ECC affects children five times more frequently than asthma and several times more than obesity. This ongoing issue often requires prolonged and costly restorative treatment to restore the patient’s oral health. Find out more about ECC by contacting us at https://www.facebook.com/aladeanattardmd.

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