by Dr. Fatahi
Early Childhood Caries is a devastating problem in young children. Not only can it cause pain and loss of teeth, but it also affects self-esteem, speech development, nutrition, and school attendance.
Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is any tooth decay in a child under 6 years of age. While some children may only have one tooth that is decayed, and some may have multiple teeth that are decayed it is important to understand that tooth decay in childhood is not normal and can be prevented.
As a parent here is how you can help make a difference in our fight against ECC:
Get a dental check-up and ask your dentist what you can do to lower the bacteria that cause cavities in your own mouth.
Brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste.
Eat a healthy diet and limit sweets and sodas.
Lift the lip and look for chalky white or brown spots. Go to the dentist if you see signs of cavities.
Brush baby’s teeth twice daily with a smear of fluoride toothpaste beginning when the first tooth comes in.
Put baby in bed without a bottle and wean from the bottle around 12 months of age.
Feed your baby a healthy diet and limit sweets and sodas.
Ask about fluoride varnish treatments to protect your baby’s teeth from cavities.
Get a dental check-up for your child.
Brush your child’s teeth twice daily with a pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Ask about fluoride varnish treatments to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.