What Is Early Childhood Caries?

Early Childhood Caries, is an especially damaging form of dental tooth decay, which affects the baby teeth or primary teeth of children. Other common names are “nursing caries” or “baby bottle tooth decay”.

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Early Childhood Caries (ECC) can lead to:

  • Pain
  • Tooth Ache
  • Infection
  • Diminished Facial Aesthetics


Can Early Childhood Caries Be Prevented?

Yes, there are many ways to prevent dental decay from affecting children. A thorough check up and first dental visit are important to assess:

  • Oral Hygiene
  • Risk Factors
  • Teaching preventative tips
  • Provide Up to date information
  • Providing a positive experience to oral health care

Information Tips

  • Do not let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk in their mouth
  • Wipe the your baby’s teeth and gums with a damp cloth or gauze after a feed
  • Do not sweeten pacifiers
  • Be careful of frequent or prolonged feeding


When Should I irst Bring My Children For A Consult or Check Up? 

A first dental visit as early as 12 months is recommended to promote good oral hygiene and habits. The ADA recommends “that the initial dental visit should ideally occur within 6 months of the eruption of the first primary tooth and no later than 12 months of age.”


If you wish for more information on Early Childhood Caries please do not hesitate to contact Skygate Dental today on (07) 3114 1199 or 0406 579 197.